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WHO Plans To Rename ‘Monkeypox’ Disease For Fear That It Is Misleading Or Contains Racist Overtones

today17 August 2022


source: CIDRAP

The World Health Organisation has announced an open discussion to rebrand the illness monkeypox, after certain critics highlighted concerns that the moniker might sound derisive or racist.

According to Reuters, suggestions along the lines of Poxy McPoxface, Mpox and TRUMP-22 (a vengeful attempt at mocking Trump who called Covid-19 a “Chinese virus”),  have been provided to the organisation so far- the work of academics, doctors, and activists. While the WHO still encourages all sorts of ideas, homophobic titles were promptly removed from the website.

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Written by: Lara Lee