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Grippe mexicaine ou grippe porcine?

Selon Yahoo Actualités l'OMS (l'Organisation Mondiale de la Santé) a cessé de parler jeudi de "grippe porcine", préférant l'appellation "virus A/H1N1". Certains scientifiques français refusaient déjà de parler de grippe porcine, car cette maladie n'est pas véritablement une maladie de porcs, mais le résultat d'une combinaison de trois virus dont l'un est d'origine porcine, d'où le terme "grippe mexicaine", plus neutre. De toute façon la France a essayé de persuader, sans succès, l'UE d'arrêter les vols du Mexique. On dit que c'est trop tard car le virus se répand déjà entre les humains dans plusieurs pays du monde, notamment la Nouvelle Zélande, le Royaume Uni, l'Espagne et les Etats-Unis. La France n'est pas épargné avec plusieurs cas confirmés et bon nombre de cas suspects.

Vocabulaire:

flu - la grippe
flu virus - un virus grippal
pandemic - une pandémie
to spread - se généraliser, se répandre, progresser
confirmed case - un cas confirmé/avéré
suspected case - un cas suspect
bird flu - la grippe aviaire
flu strain - une souche grippale
flu symptoms - symptômes grippaux

A suivre sans doute.

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