The World Health Organization will rename the rapidly spreading Monkey Pox virus after a group of scientists claimed the name could be “infamous”.
“The WHO is also working with partners and experts around the world to rename the Monkey Pox virus,” said Tedros Azanom Gabrias, director general of the WHO. Announced at a press briefing on Tuesday.
“We will announce new names as soon as possible.”
The release of the Monkey Pox label follows a letter from a group of 30 international scientists who wrote last week that there was an “urgent need” to change the name.
“In view of the rapid communication and attention to international human MPXV outbreak, it is important to consider an appropriate, non-discriminatory, and non-tainted name and classification of MPXV keys,” he said. It is stated in part of the letter.
Viral clades have been described as other groups of organisms with the same genetic makeup.
“In the context of the current global epidemic, the constant reference to the virus as being African, and the name is not only wrong but also discriminatory and infamous. The Foreign Press Association, Africa recently issued a statement urging the world media to use images of Africans to highlight the epidemic in Europe. Stop using
Scientists have proposed a new classification of “MPXV” that is non-discriminatory and non-contaminating and is associated with best practices for naming infectious diseases in a way that does not affect nations, geographies, economies and peoples. Negative effects should be minimized and those that consider evolution and the spread of the virus. “
A WHO spokesman said in a statement Email Bloomberg News Diseases should be named “to minimize adverse effects and to avoid harming any cultural, social, national, regional, occupational or ethnic group.”
According to Bloomberg, the spokesman said the WHO would consult with orthopedic virus experts, including Monkey Pox, for more appropriate names.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 71 cases in 18 states. There are 15 cases each in New York and California.
During a press briefing, Tedros called the outbreak “clearly unusual and alarming.” The WHO is forming an emergency committee to determine whether the virus should be considered a high-level public health emergency of international concern.
So far this year, there have been 1,600 confirmed cases and another 1,500 suspected cases worldwide in 39 countries. The virus has killed 72 people worldwide.
Symptoms include flu-like illness and itching, and the disease is spread by close contact.