First there was Air Jordan. Next . . . Flu Jordan?

In case the three NBA championship rings and the two Olympic gold medals weren't enough, Michael Jordan has a new honor: a strain of salmonella that bears his name.

Jordan's agent, David Falk, said he wants to keep the use of Jordan's name to a minimum. But Jordan accepted the honor, albeit reluctantly: "I think if he did it as a tribute, it is a nice tribute."Dr. Stanford Shulman, chief of infectious diseases at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, discovered the strain last winter and named it "Salmonella mjordan."

Shulman insisted that it was appropriate to honor "the greatest basketball player in history" with an organism that causes diarrhea, severe headaches, abdominal pain and other discomfort.