WHO urges public support to rename monkeypox

The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned that the name of the monkey smallpox virus may stigmatize primates, while the animal has little to do with the spread in Africa.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned that the name of the monkey smallpox virus may stigmatize primates, while the animal has little to do with the spread in Africa.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 16/8 appealed for support from the public in renaming the monkey smallpox virus, thereby giving a less stigmatizing name for this fast-spreading disease.

Speaking to reporters, WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said smallpox in humans was named before the best current procedures for naming the disease.

Chaib said the WHO really wanted to find a non-stigmatizing name and that the agency began conducting a public consultation on the renaming of monkeypox through its own website with a link after https://icd.who.int/dev11.

For weeks, the WHO has voiced concerns about the name of the monkey smallpox virus, which emerged worldwide in May.