WHO renames monkeypox to MPOX coz of racism

Monkeypox disease has been given the name “mpox” due to the racist issues associated with the name, the World Health Organization said in a statement recommending that the name be changed.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the two names will be used simultaneously for one year with the word “monkey” being removed and the word “mpox” becoming the preferred English word for the disease.

“Following a series of consultations with international experts, WHO will start using the new preferred term ‘mpox’ as a synonym for monkey. The two names will be used simultaneously for one year,” WHO said in a statement. changes.

“When the monkey outbreak spread earlier this year, the language of racism and stigmatization online, in other environments and in some communities was observed and reported to WHO. In several meetings, public and private, populations and countries expressed concern they asked WHO to suggest a way to change the name.


Since the disease began to spread suddenly outside the countries of West Africa, where it has been spreading for a long time, six months ago, it has killed 36 people out of more than 77,000 cases in 109 countries. , according to WHO calculations.

The disease outside West Africa has mainly affected young men who have sex with men.

But since it peaked in July, the number of people infected with the disease, which causes fever, muscle pain and large skin lesions like boils, has been decreasing rapidly, especially in Europe and the United States. North America, the areas most affected by the early stages of the crisis international. disaster.

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