WHO Plans to Rename Monkeypox Over Stigmatization Concerns

Some critics raised concerns the name could be derogatory or have racist connotations.

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FILE - This image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox particles (red) found within an infected cell (blue), cultured in the laboratory that was captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Md. On Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming that monkeypox hasn't been detected in Georgia drinking water. The July 26 Atlanta-area news broadcast broadcast is being mischaracterized online to push the false claim that monkeypox has been found in residents’ tap water. (NIAID via AP)
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LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it’s holding an open forum to rename the disease monkeypox, after some critics raised concerns the name could be derogatory or have racist connotations. In a statement Friday, the U.N. health agency said 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…

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