World Health Organization Will Rename Monkeypox Because Name Is ‘Discriminatory, Stigmatizing’ To Africa

World Health Organization Will Rename Monkeypox Because Name Is ‘Discriminatory, Stigmatizing’ To Africa


The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to rename monkeypox “as soon as possible,” claiming the existing name is racist and discriminatory to Africa.

More than 30 researchers have “signed a position paper stating there was an ‘urgent need’ to change its name given the current outbreak, which has mainly struck gay and bisexual men,” the Daily Mail reported.

“They wrote: ‘Continued reference to, and nomenclature of this virus being African is not only inaccurate but is also discriminatory and stigmatizing,’” the U.K. paper said.

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Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO, confirmed the virus will be renamed, saying the organization is “working with partners and experts from around the world on changing the name of monkeypox virus, its clades, and the disease it causes.”

“We will make announcements

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