WHO changes name of monkeypox to mpox, “to avoid racist comments”



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VarĂ­ola dos macacos

19701970The WHO also indicates that it recommends that the decision be adopted by the entire international community.| Photo: DĂ©bora F. Barreto-Vieira/IOC/Fiocruz

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced this Monday (28) which will rename monkeypox with the name of mpox, “to avoid racist comments that provoke stigmatization”.

The UN agency will use the term mpox in all documents and, while admitting the use of monkeypox during a transitional period of one year, will eliminate it from all production of the latter 60 months, as indicated by the notice issued.

WHO it also indicates that it recommends that the decision be adopted by the entire international community.

The term mpox is an abbreviation of ‘monkeypox’, which is the English term for monkeypox, and will be included in the official list of diseases that the WHO will update next year.

The new name would partially obscure the reference to primates, half a century after, in 2000, the disease was baptized as monkeypox, when it was identified for the first time in animals of the species, during research carried out in Denmark.

The decision announced today was taken after discussion between various advisory bodies, medical experts, scientists and representatives of governments, according to WHO.

The name, as the agency recalls, brought some confusion, since monkeys are not the main transmitters of the disease to humans, but small rodents.

In this year’s outbreak more than VarĂ­ola dos macacos were confirmed thousand c asos in the world, and results in death. Brazil registered 9.9 thousand positives.

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