WHO Renames Monkeypox in Effort to Prevent Racism and Stigma

WHO Renames Monkeypox in Effort to Prevent Racism and Stigma

WHO Gives Monkeypox Virus A Makeover

(AmericanProsperity.com) – As the world continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the last thing anyone wants to hear is that there’s another potential viral outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting on June 23, in which it will determine whether or not the apparent monkeypox outbreak should be seen as a global health emergency. In the meantime, the agency has declared its plans to change the infection’s name to avoid racist stigmatizing.

On June 10, over 30 scientists from the international community wrote an open letter to the WHO explaining what monkeypox is and requesting the organization alter the virus’s name. The scientists argued media outlets calling it the “African virus” is unacceptable, explaining how the term was stigmatizing and discriminatory.

A spokesperson for the WHO reportedly told Bloomberg their guidelines suggest avoiding the use of animal names or geographic locations to designate illness-causing pathogens. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, asserted the organization would release any alterations to the name as quickly as possible.

According to Blaze News, there are currently 39 countries with monkeypox cases, both suspected and confirmed. Of the affected countries, 32 are areas where the virus has never impacted before, while 7 have a history of monkeypox cases, likely why Director Tedros called the situation “unusual and concerning.”

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