influenzaah1n1isnowthenewswinefluvirus thumb Influenza A(H1N1) is now the new Swine Flu Virus ROME, April 30 (Xinhua) — Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations said on Thursday it agreed to use the name of "influenza A/H1N1" instead of "swine flu." FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech said FAO, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) agreed to no longer refer to "swine flu" but instead to "Influenza A/H1N1." "Given current facts and scientific understanding, consumption of pig meat does not bring any increased risk to the consumer," the FAO official said. "Stepping up swine influenza control measures in pigs, in the absence of the A/H1N1 virus, such as control of movements and culling, is not justified," said Domenech.

The first confirmed reports of Influenza A(H1N1) here in Asia was said to be found in Hong Kong and similar cases from Japan and South Korea. With the Influenza A(H1N1) becoming a global threat, I hope that Philippines will be spared from this outbreak. As they always say, “prevention is still better than cure”. So as citizens, let’s all be vigilant and report any suspected case of Influenza A(H1N1) in your area to our health officials.

Let’s all pray for the fast recovery of all those people who are infected with this virus and make sure to read every bit of information that you need to know about this deadly flu.