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WE Blog: Flu can't shake its nickname

What to call that worrisome flu came up at last week's Sedgwick County Commission meeting, with Chairman Kelly Parks noting the concern of hog producers about the negative impact of the use of the term "swine flu" on the pork industry. "There's no correlation" between hogs and the virus, Parks stressed. "That's why we're calling it the H1N1 now." According to the federal Web site www.flu.gov, H1N1 is not transmitted by food and "at this time, there is no evidence that swine in the United States are infected with this new virus."But a new poll sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, suggests that message could use further reinforcement by elected officials and others. Of those Kansans surveyed last week, 67 percent said they refer to it as "swine flu" and 29 percent said they associate the virus with pigs.

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