WHO to rename monkeypox “MPOX”, says director

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The World Health Organization (WHO) should rename “monkeypox” with the terminology “MPOX”, said the director of the WHO Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law, Lawrence Gostin, this Wednesday (23).

There is, however, no official announcement by the agency or forecast for this.

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Published on social mediathe specialist argued that the current name is “outdated” and carries “racist stereotypes”, which, in addition to stigmatizing the disease, made cooperation for treatment and eradication difficult.

“Civil society and the government have been pressing for the name change”, highlighted the director.

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In an interview with CNN in August, the infectologist Luana Araújo classified the name change as essential.

“It makes no sense for us to call a disease ‘monkey pox’ when we know that monkeys have nothing to do with it,” he said.

Source: CNN Brasil

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