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Swine Flu Names Evolving Faster Than Swine Flu Itself

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Science  15 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5929, pp. 871
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_871

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Three weeks after the world woke up to the threat of an influenza pandemic, a Babylonian confusion has arisen about what the virus—and the pandemic, if it happens—should be called. Some virologists say the World Health Organization's new name, influenza A(H1N1), although politically correct, isn't very clear and is not going to stick.