USA love the name "Swine Flu"?

"US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stood up Friday for pigs and hog farmers, saying their name has been dragged through the mud by people who insist on calling the A(H1N1) influenza pandemic "swine flu."
"Each time the media uses the phrase 'swine flu,' a hog farmer, their workers and their families suffer," Vilsack said in a statement.

"It is simply not fair or correct to associate the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza with hogs, an animal that does not play a role in the ongoing transmission of the pandemic strain," he said. "

This news surprised me because Japanese people have already stopped calling it "buta influenza"(swine flu) and we are calling it "Shingata influenza"(New Flu) now.
I don't mean they must stop it too but I just wonder why they don't like to call it "New Flu".(I know H1N1 is hard to say). Is Swine Flu so catchy? Is it a cool name?

And to me it's interesting that English speakers shorten Influenza to Flu.
Flu? Full? Japanese love to shorten names but Influenza is Influenza in Japan.
Wait. Oh, I 've forgotten some people call it "Influ". This is very awkward to me!

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