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Some authorities object to calling the flu outbreak "Swine flu". U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed concerns that this would lead to the misconception that pork is unsafe for consumption. In the Netherlands, it was originally called "Pig Flu", but is now called "Mexican Flu" by the national health institute and in the media. South Korea and Israel briefly considered calling it the "Mexican virus". Currently, the South Korean press uses "SI", short for "Swine influenza". Taiwan suggested the names "H1N1 flu" or "New flu", which most local media now use. The World Organization for Animal Health has proposed the name "North American influenza". The European Commission uses the term "Novel flu virus".

The WHO announced they would refer to the new influenza virus as influenza A(H1N1) or "Influenza A (H1N1) virus, human" as opposed to "swine flu", also to avoid suggestions that eating pork products carried a risk of infection.

The outbreak has also been called the "H1N1 influenza", "2009 H1N1 flu", or "swine-origin influenza". However, Seth Borenstein, writing for the Associated Press quoted several experts who objected to any name change at all.


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