Monkeypox is a disease that started out in Africa but also largely affected gay men at first too. But, like any typical bureaucracy obsessed with not offending people and despite it not solving a a thing, the World Health Organization renamed the virus mpox.
The U.N. health agency said in a statement Monday that mpox was its new preferred name for monkeypox, saying that both monkeypox and mpox would be used for the next year while the old name is phased out.
WHO said it was concerned by the “racist and stigmatizing language” that arose after monkeypox spread to more than 100 countries. It said numerous individuals and countries asked the organization “to propose a way forward to change the name.”
The Associated Press even reveals that monkeypox was the term given to a pox-like disease that was discovered on research monkeys in Denmark during 1958. No racist intent on the part of scientists, and no effort made on the part of patients complaining about the term too. The AP also points out:
... Japanese encephalitis, German measles, Marburg virus and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome have been named after geographic regions, which could now be considered prejudicial.
No action on the part of the U.N. agency to rename regional diseases. But since monkeypox involves a disease from Africa that has also infected gay men, efforts obviously must be made to (hopefully) not offend either group.
PHOTO CREDIT: A clinical presentation of monkeypox – By CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/index.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63385319