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WHO Planning a New Name for Monkeypox

According Associated Press reporting, the World Health Organization (WHO) plans to change the official name of the monkeypox due to “stigmatization concerns” through open forum.

The world agency is reportedly said in a statement “it has also renamed two families, or clades, of the virus, using Roman numerals instead of geographic areas, to avoid stigmatization. The version of the disease formerly known as the Congo Basin will now be known as Clade one or I and the West Africa clade will be known as Clade two or II.”

The AP News writes “WHO said the decision was made following a meeting of scientists this week and in line with current best practices for naming diseases, which aims to ‘avoid causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups, and minimize any negative impact on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare’.”

Quoting Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, The Conversation magazine writes “working with partners and experts from around the world on changing the name of monkeypox virus, its clades and the disease it causes.”

This action appears to be in response to a letter signed by 29 World scientists writing for ‘a non-discriminatory and non-stigmatising name for the virus’.

The Conversation article details additional information on the monkeypox and its current status in the World.