Monkeypox has been renamed as “mpox” by the World Health Organization because of worries that the illness’s previous moniker can be seen as discriminatory and racist.
Monkeypox will continue to go by both monkeypox and Mpox for the upcoming year while the previous designation is phased away, according to a statement released by the UN health agency on Monday.
The “racist and stigmatizing language” that developed after monkeypox spread to more than 100 nations disturbed WHO, according to their statement. Numerous people and nations, according to the statement, urged the organization to propose a way forward to change the name”.
Soon after the UN agency proclaimed the spread of monkeypox to be a worldwide emergency in August, WHO started contacting experts about renaming the illness.
Numerous nations that had not previously reported the sickness linked to smallpox have had more than 80,000 cases to date. Monkeypox, a disease assumed to have animal origins, was not known to cause significant outbreaks outside of central and west Africa until May.