World Health Organization to name monkeypox again as pox

World Health Organization to name monkeypox again as pox

November 30, 2022: On Monday, the World Health Organization declared that it would begin referring to monkeypox as pox to decrease the stigma around the name of the virus.

Both names will live operated simultaneously for a year while monkeypox is phased out, the global health association stated in a post on its website, enabling different to follow the recent naming convention.

The decision came following the word monkeypox, so named after first being placed in monkeys, which was criticized, and added to racial and sexual stigmatization.

Monkeypox is a viral infection that has undergone its global outbreak, spreading in non-endemic countries outside West and Central Africa and among gay and bisexual men.

The name pox was chosen following the WHO launched a public consultation process, opening a process usually reserved for a specialized closed-door committee.

Poxy McPoxface, TRUMP-22 and pox were among some of the names submitted.

The WHO hoped the selected name pox would “minimize any ongoing negative impact of the name.”

The name pox was submitted by the men’s health organization Rezo. At the time, its director added that he hoped the removal of monkey imagery helping people take the health emergency seriously.

More than 81,000 patients of monkeypox and 55 deaths are having reported all over 110 countries so far, according to the WHO.

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