Doug Bedell — October 29, 2009, 8:36 am

‘Swine Flu’ or ‘H1N1’?

Is it “swine flu” or “H1N1”? You see the new flu strain identified both ways, and remember that there’s an earlier one as well, and start getting confused as to which flu is which.

We’re noting this subject because it’s timely in health and security terms, but partly to introduce you to John Solomon and his “In Case of Emergency, Read Blog” blog. John’s blog a great listening and visiting point for news and resources on disaster and security preparedness.

Anyhow, the federal government has been asking the media (all of us, actually) since last spring to use the term H1N1 for the pandemic flu formerly known as swine flu. It isn’t fair to hog farmers, it explains, “to associate the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza with hogs, an animal that does not play a role in the ongoing transmission of the pandemic strain.”

Yet for various reasons of editorial preference and convenience, advises Solomon, some media, including The New York Times, continue to use “swine flu” interchangeably with H1N1. So there you are.

Thanks John.

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