WHO Seeks Name Change For Monkeypox

According to press reports, the World Health Organization (WHO) says it is working with experts to come up with a new name for monkeypox.

It comes after more than 30 scientists wrote last week about the urgent need for a non-discriminatory and non-stigmatizing name for the virus and the disease it causes.

They said the continued reference to the virus as African is both inaccurate and discriminatory.

Some 1,600 cases of the disease have been recorded globally in recent weeks.

While 72 deaths have been reported in countries where monkeypox was already endemic, cases have been seen in the newly affected 32 countries, such as the UK.

The World Health Organization will hold an emergency meeting next week to determine whether to classify the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern – the highest alarm the UN agency can sound.

Other diseases which have been included in this category include Swine flu, polio, Ebola, Zika, and Covid.

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