Monkeypox: Why the WHO is renaming the disease

  • Michelle Roberts
  • BBC News network health editor

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Monkeypox virus particle; Brazil has confirmed two cases

After more than 1,600 cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) is working with experts to adopt a new name for the monkey, a viral infection that has spread to more than 30 countries, including Brazil.

The initiative comes after more than 30 scientists wrote last week an “urgent need that is non-discriminatory and stigmatizing (the name of the disease and the virus).”

He suggested the name HMPXV to the research team, as there are also several misleading and discriminatory references to say that the virus is African.

The disease has killed 72 people in countries considered endemic (permanently present in a region, with constant numbers for several years), such as in forested areas of Central and West Africa.

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