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WHO to stop using term 'swine flu' to protect pigs

GENEVA (AP) - The World Health Organization says it will wouldstop using the term "swine flu" to avoid confusion over the danger posed by pigs. 

WHO spokesman Dick Thompson says the name change comes after the agriculture industry and the U.N. food agency expressed concerns that the term "swine flu" was misleading consumers and needlessly causing countries to order the slaughter of pigs.

He told reporters in Geneva "we're going to stick with the technical scientific name H1N1 influenza A."

WHO raised the pandemic flu alert to phase 5 on Wednesday, one step away from the highest level indicating a global outbreak.

WHO flu chief Keg Faked said Thursday the U.N. agency sawnothing yet to prompt it to raise the pandemic alert farther.

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