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Why might you not remember this scary disease that you heard about between your flu jabs?

It should not be possible to tell what a disease is called by the name of the animal it affects.

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Also, as the scientists wrote, “we are reminded by fierce advocates who served on the front lines as the HIV/AIDS epidemic emerged,” early misinformation about the virus led people to believe that it was spread to humans after people in Africa engaged in sexual activity with monkeys. There will be lasting damage and shame from the stigmatization that this kind of misleading information spread. In particular for Black people and other people of color, as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ communities, the continued use of the term “monkeypox” to describe the current outbreak may reawaken traumatic feelings of racism and stigma, and as a result, individuals from these marginalized groups may be less likely to seek out necessary health care services.

Progress, however, has been sluggish. Another organization, not the World Health Organization (WHO), is responsible for the name of the monkeypox virus. This work is currently being done by the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses.

In mid-June, Tedros announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) had accepted his proposal to rename the illness. Two months later, the group is still soliciting ideas for a new name.

On Friday, the WHO decided to use Roman numerals instead of geographical names to classify two distinct clades of monkeypox. The group that originated in the Congo Basin is now known as Clade I, while those who originated in West Africa are now known as Clade II.

In a press release, WHO stated, “The new names for the clades should go into effect immediately while work continues on the names of the disease and virus.” There was no indication of when future additions might be made.

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