The Monkeypox Virus is Getting a New Name

The Monkeypox Virus is Getting a New Name

Monkeypox is once again in the front row news after it has created a lot of fuss in the medical world lately. Just days ago, the UK reported over 100 new cases of infection with the virus, becoming one of the most affected countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) even stated through the voice of Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that over 1,000 monkeypox infections were reported by 29 countries across the world.

Scientists consider the moniker of the monkeypox virus to be ‘stigmatizing’

According to the New York Post, the WHO has decided to give a new name to the monkeypox virus. The reason might surprise you: some scientists are considering that the current name might be ‘stigmatizing.’

The World Health Organization (WHO) made the announcement via its official website, leaving no room for doubts:

WHO is also working with partners and experts from around the world on changing the name of monkeypox virus, its clades and the disease it causes.

We will make announcements about the new names as soon as possible.

The global outbreak of monkeypox is clearly unusual and concerning.

A letter coming from 30 international scientists emphasized the importance of changing the name of the virus. Here’s what a part of the letter says, as the New York Post quotes:

Given the increasingly rapid communication of, and attention to, the international human MPXV outbreak, it is important to consider an appropriate, non-discriminatory, and non-stigmatizing nomenclature and classification of MPXV clades.

Getting infected with monkeypox is certainly not something that a person could want. It would generate symptoms such as fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and more. The virus can pass from one person to another, but it’s not very transmissible. It can be transferred through direct contact or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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