New Delhi, August 13:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to change the name of monkeypox in view of public misconceptions and safety concerns. The United Nations Health Agency has created an open forum for this purpose. where suggestions were made for a new name for the virus. The organization has issued a statement on Friday saying that the purpose of giving a new name to this virus is to avoid cultural or social offence.
The WHO said that monkeypox has so far spread to 45 countries. This disease is called by different names in different countries. For example, the Office of Public Health in Chicago, USA uses the name ‘MPV’ for this. The WHO has been in the process of renaming monkeypox since June. Along with this, the global community has been asked not to associate the name of any conservative with it.
In a statement released on Friday, the WHO said the term ‘monkeypox’ was first used in 1958 after the discovery of the virus. However, since then the current best practices in nomenclature of diseases and viruses have been adopted. The main strains of the virus are identified by geographic regions, the release said. where they were known to broadcast. However, this is currently not happening. According to the WHO, names of diseases and forms related to viruses should be given that protect any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups from offending and that are not prohibited by any trade, travel, tourism or animal trade. Affects well-being, reduces negative effects. .
The WHO said it had called a meeting on August 8 to allow virologists and public health experts to agree on the new terminology. The World Health Organization (WHO) has given new names to monkeypox virus variants as clade IIa and clade IIB, of which clade IIb is the main group of variants circulating in the year 2022.
“WHO is working with its partners and experts around the world to identify the cause of the monkeypox virus, to rename it,” WHO chief Tedros Aghanom Ghebreyesus was quoted as saying by the United Nations.
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The WHO decided to rename Monkeypox, asking people to propose a new name for the virus