Pork industry officials are also objecting to the term "swine flu" as they claim that the term makes the disease sound like a food borne illness. Pork prices have fallen over the past few days, with many nations either considering or outright banning the import of pork products from the United States and Mexico. One has to wonder if perhaps McDonald's might not take advantage of the lower prices and offer the McRib early this year.
Personally, I think that the term "swine flu" is just not sexy enough to have any sort of longevity. The term just doesn't roll of the tongue. Were I swine flu's agent, I might suggest a number of other names, such as:
- Bacon Lung
- The Porcine Pukeys
- Porky's Revenge
- ManBirdPig Virus
- Bird Flu II: Electric Boogaloo