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Monkeypox GETS New Name to Curb Stigma

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) Monkeypox could soon get yourself a new name.

THE PLANET Health Organization announced Friday that it plans to rename the problem to get rid of any derogatory or racist connotations, a choice in alignment with current guidelines for naming diseases.

“The naming of virus species may be the responsibility of the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), that includes a process underway for the name of the monkeypox virus,” WHO said in a statement.

The U.N. health agency made a decision after a ending up in scientists. Who’ll hold an open forum to take into account new names not offensive to specific groups.

The agency has recently renamed two families (clades) of the condition, removing geographic area names including Congo Basin and West Africa and replacing them with monikers such as for example Clade one and two or with Roman numerals I and II.

The intent would be to avoid causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups, and minimize any negative effect on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare,” WHO said.

Based on the Associated Press, various other diseases still do carry names from geographic areas where they began or were first identified, including Japanese encephalitis, Marburg virus, Spanish influenza and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

More info:

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on monkeypox.

SOURCE : WHO statement, Aug. 12, 2022; Associated Press

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