Mpox is the new name used by public health officials for monkeypox.
The World Health Organization announced last week that it would begin using “mpox” as the preferred term for monkeypox because of “racist and stigmatizing language online, in other settings, and in some communities.” did.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention soon followed suit.
“We welcome the changes made by the World Health Organization. We must do everything we can to remove barriers to public health and reduce disease-related stigma is our commitment to ending mpox.” “It’s one of the most important steps in our journey,” said Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Until May, monkeypox, thought to be of animal origin, was not known to cause epidemics outside Central and West Africa.
Outside of Africa, nearly all cases are found in gays, bisexuals, or other men who have sex with men. Scientists believe that monkeypox caused outbreaks in Western countries. sexually transmitted disease at two raves in Belgium and Spain. Immunization efforts in developed countries and targeted control interventions have brought the disease largely under control after peaking in the summer.
In Africa, the disease mainly affects people who have been in contact with infected animals such as rodents and squirrels. Most monkeypox-related deaths occur in Africa, few vaccines Available.
The WHO said it was concerned by “racist and stigmatizing language” after monkeypox spread to more than 100 countries.
The decision by the WHO, the international body responsible for naming diseases, came after a meeting with world leaders who expressed concern over the language and called for the name to be changed. Consult with experts, countries and the public before making a decision, citing concerns that the original name of an animal disease that occurred in Did.
Based on these meetings, the organization announced that it would recommend that mpox become the preferred term to replace monkeypox after a one-year transition period. This will help alleviate concerns raised by experts about confusion caused by name changes during the global pandemic. It also gives you time to update things.
The WHO writes that name updates usually take years, but in this case the process has been accelerated.
The disease was first called human monkeypox in 1970 after the virus that caused it was discovered in captive monkeys in 1958. Disease name best practices.
These practices are intended to “minimize the unnecessary negative impact of the name on trade, travel, tourism, or animal welfare, and to identify cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups.” It should be attached for the purpose of not causing discomfort to people.”
Separately, the federal government announced that it will end in January public health emergency declared earlier this year More than 29,000 people infected nationwide after mpox outbreak
Mpox cases have plummeted in recent weeks, with only a handful of new infections reported each week in November. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionHundreds of people were infected every week during the summer, the height of the outbreak.