Monkeypox gets a new name: WHO


The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently announced that it will rename monkeypox in light of an outbreak that spans several European counties and North America.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of WHO, Confirmed On Tuesday, a UN organization said, “We are working with partners and experts around the world on the name of the monkeypox virus, its clades, and the changes in the disease it causes.”

He does not say what name WHO is considering. According to Tedros, the agency will announce the name as soon as possible.

About 30 scientists I have written Last week there was an “urgent need for a non-discriminatory and condemning nomenclature for monkeypox virus” and suggested this name: “hMPXV”.

Those scientists suggested that the hMPXV they pointed out was just a shortened version of the human “monkeypox virus” and a “discriminatory and non-stigmatizing classification.”

“Failure to uphold and adopt the proposed nomenclature and classification can lead to a loss of interest in maintaining active monitoring and prompt reporting of potentially epidemic and pandemic pathogens. “They insisted.

Similar renaming measures were taken by WHO in early 2020 after COVID-19 appeared in mainland China. Scientists have called on the international community and WHO to rename it from “Wuhan Coronavirus” to COVID-19. The Epoch Times has been calling COVID-19 the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus since that time.

Monkeypox has been endemic in western and central Africa since the 1970s and is usually transmitted from animal to human rather than human-to-human contact. Authorities have stated in the past that smallpox-like viruses are commonly transmitted through rodents, squirrels, and non-human primates such as monkeys, chimpanzees, and baboons.

Tedros also said WHO will hold an emergency meeting next week to decide whether to classify monkeypox as a public health emergency of international concern. This is the biggest alarm. Swine flu, polio, Ebola, deer, and COVID-19 have received such designations in the past.

“Monkeypox is rare and worrisome,” Tedros said. “That’s why I decided to convene an emergency committee next week under the International Health Regulations to assess whether this outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern.”

A few days before the WHO announcement, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters that monkeypox, unlike COVID-19, is not levitating.

“What I can say is that when considering the definition of aerial propagation, monkeypox is not considered to stay in the air,” Warensky told reporters on June 10. Viral particles that float in the air and can stay there for extended periods of time. “

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Jack Phillips is the latest news reporter for The Epoch Times, based in New York.