The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked for suggestions on a possible name change for the world’s latest health concern, Monkeypox.
The stigma on Monkeys, and the African continent, which has a significant population of animals. The UN’s health agency is making the call for a new name for the disease after some experts warned that the current name can be stigmatising to the animals, whose role in the disease’s spread is minute. Monkeypox had been previously limited to certain West and Central African countries until its recent spread to other continents.
Who would stigmatize Monkeys because of the disease?
Well, instances have been reported in Brazil, where some people were said to have attacked monkeys due to fear of the disease. The disease received its current name when the virus was originally identified in monkeys kept for research in Denmark in 1958. The disease has, however, been found in other animals, including rodents. With more than 31,000 confirmed cases since the start of the year, the disease has been declared a global health emergency.
Monkeypox, whose symptoms include fever, muscular aches, and large boil-like skin lesions, was first found in humans in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970. Experts have downplayed the role of animals in the current global spread of the disease, explaining that the current spread is due to close-contact transmission between humans.