WHO is working on a new name for monkeypox amid calls for changing the nomenclature of the virus that has now been reported in over 30 countries.
As the World Health Organization (WHO) convenes an emergency committee to determine whether the growing monopoly outbreak should be considered a global health emergency, it is also considering changing its name. This development comes amid calls from scientists for the term “non-discriminatory and non-discriminatory”.
WHO chief executive Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said they were working on the matter. “WHO is also working with partners and experts from around the world to change the name of the monopoly virus, its stages, and the underlying disease. We will make announcements about new names as soon as possible,” he said.
WHY CHANGE THE NAME OF MONKEYPOX?
The decision to look up the new name comes days after a team of 30 scientists from Africa and around the world suggested that the name be changed. In the paper, the team demonstrated the continued use of images of African patients to show pox lesions in mainstream media.
The WHO classifies the virus under two different types: the Central African (Congo Basin) clade and the West African clade.
“While the origin of the new global outbreak is unknown, there is growing evidence that the potential for globalization, which is more likely to be confidential, has been taking place longer than previously thought. However, there is an increase in media coverage. Africa, or Nigeria, ”say scientists.
They said a nomenclature of neutrality, non-discrimination, and non-discrimination would be more appropriate to the global health community.
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WHAT DO SCIENTISTS WANT?
Scientists have proposed a new method of naming the virus in stages 1, 2, and 3. These include viral genomes from West Africa, Central Africa, as well as local spillover events in the northern hemisphere as well as in both human and non-human hosts.
They have proposed section 1 to be the Congo Basin clade, and section 2 and 3 are in line with “West African unity”.
“Every MPXV epidemic, no matter where it is, needs to be stopped, not just in the Northern Hemisphere. An effective and neutral nomenclature system allows for effective communication without the risk of misunderstanding, discrimination and discrimination,” the group said in its paper.
THE EMERGENCY CONDITION OF THE WORLD?
The WHO is working to determine whether the outbreak is a global emergency as more than 1,600 cases and nearly 1,500 39 cases have been reported this year in 39 countries.
Declaring a monkey as an international health emergency would give you the same name as the Covid-19 epidemic and mean that the WHO views this rare disease as a continuing threat to countries around the world.
“With the advice of the emergency committee, we can be in a better position to manage the situation. But that does not mean we are heading straight for a global public health emergency. We don’t want to wait until the situation gets out of hand to start calling an emergency committee, ”he said. Ibrahima Soce Fall, WHO’s emergency director for Africa.