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Monkeypox to get a new name, says WHO

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Posted: 15/06/22 - 13:10
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The World Health Organization says it is working with experts to come up with a new name for monkeypox.

It comes after more than 30 scientists wrote last week about the "urgent need for a non-discriminatory and non-stigmatising" name for the virus and the disease it causes.

Continued reference to the virus as African is both inaccurate and discriminatory, they said.

Some 1,600 cases of the disease have been recorded globally in recent weeks.

While 72 deaths have been reported in countries where monkeypox was already endemic, none have been seen in the newly affected 32 countries, such as the UK.

At the latest count, as of 12 June, there were 452 confirmed cases in England, 12 in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland and 4 in Wales.

The World Health Organization says it will hold an emergency meeting next week to determine whether to classify the outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern - the highest alarm the UN agency can sound.

I Call Bull: Really, REALLY is now the time to be worrying about the name of this disease?

Oh and calling BULL on this being an international concern as well

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15 days
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Do I hear 'new agenda' anyone?
15 days
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Still trying to push this non event as more than it is. Pathetic really.
17 days
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Before you know it they will be mandating that we all have a non proven vaccination against it!