According to a story on CNN.com, pig strep (or whatever it is) has infected several persons in Hong Kong, starting with one young man who went into hospital on July 5 and was discharged a week later.
All well and good, but the story goes on to say:
Streptococcus suis, known in layman's terms as swine flu, is endemic in swine in most pig-rearing countries in the world but human infections have been relatively rare.
Although China's state media has said no human-to-human infections have been found in Sichuan, the death toll is considered unusually high.
The disease is not known to have ever been passed between humans, but scientists fear it could mutate into a strain that could easily pass among people. Compounded with its deadliness, such a bug could unleash an epidemic, killing many people.
The high mortality rate and reports that many of the victims died within 24 hours of showing symptoms have led some experts to wonder if it is swine flu at all.
This kind of sloppy language is dangerous, and medical experts should be aggressively educating the media about what's flu and what isn't. I can just imagine a whole generation who vaguely recall the real swine flu (such as it was) back in 1976: "Oh, that wasn't anything. No need to worry about this stuff."