WHO to use new term for monkeypox

To refer to monkeypox, the World Health Organization (WHO) will now use the new term instead of monkeypox. On the website of the organization said that this is due to racist and discriminatory remarks.

“When the monkeypox outbreak expanded earlier this year, racist and stigmatizing language was reported on the Internet and in some communities and reported to the WHO. At several meetings, open and closed, a number of individuals and countries expressed concern and asked WHO to suggest a way to change the name “, — said in statement.

WHO will now use the new English term mpox as a synonym for monkeypox. Both names will be used simultaneously for a year until the designation “monkeypox” is phased out.

“WHO will use the term mpox in its communications and encourages others to follow these guidelines to minimize any ongoing negative impact of the current name and adopt the new name.” added to organizations.

Earlier, Life wrote that British scientists first spoke about women who contracted monkeypox. Since the end of spring this year, doctors have recorded about 80,000 cases of monkeypox infection, of which, as it turned out, women account for only 4%.


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