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US asks to rename monkeypox for tolerance reasons

The authorities of New York have approached the World Health Organization (WHO) with a proposal to rename “monkeypox” to a more tolerant name so as not to injure members of the LGBT community and black people. This is reported by the newspaper Le Monte on July 27.

“This terminology is also rooted in racist history and painful for communities of color,” New York City Health Commissioner Ashwin Wasan said in a letter to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The name “monkeypox” could revive the memory of racist slurs among ethnic and sexual minorities, the official said, which could subsequently lead some patients who contract the virus to not seek medical care.

On July 25, it was reported that the administration of US President Joe Biden is considering declaring a public health emergency due to monkeypox.

On July 23, WHO declared the outbreak of monkeypox an emergency. He explained his decision by the fact that specialists are currently not sufficiently aware of the mechanism of transmission of the virus between carriers, and the situation meets the international criteria for an emergency in the field of health.

Monkeypox is an infectious disease of animals and humans, which is characterized by fever, general intoxication and the appearance of exanthema. The pathogen that causes it is genetically close to the variola virus (human smallpox).

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