Posted by Ellen Krafve - email
U.S. (KLTV) - It's official, the World Health Organization and the federal government are no longer using the name Swine Flu to refer to the new strain of influenza A virus. Instead, they are calling it H1N1. The decision came about to try to correct public confusion over whether or not pork is safe to eat. By the way, you can't get the virus from eating pork. So have some bacon with your breakfast!
H1N1 refers to the virus's proteins hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N). Try to say that ten times fast. It was previously called Swine Flu because the new strain is a combination of four strains: human influenza, avian influenza, and two separate strains of swine influenza.
According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), "it is not necessary to introduce specific measures for international trade in swine or their products, nor are consumers of pork products at risk of infection."