New York asks WHO to re-name ‘stigmatizing’ monkeypox


He emphasized the fact that monkeypox does not originate from primates, like the name suggests it, and spoke of the negative impact of misinformation that occurred in the initial period of the HIV epidemic as well as the discrimination confronted by Asian communities, which was further aggravated by the former the president Donald Trump calling Covid-19 the “China virus.

The virus is believed to” “Continuing to use the term “monkeypox” in reference to the present outbreak could cause a resurgence of these sentiments of stigma and racism, especially for Black individuals and other minorities and people belonging to people belonging to LGBTQIA+ communities. It’s possible that they will not be able to access vital health services due to it” Vasan stated. Everyone is at risk of contracting monkeypox. It has been prevalent for a long time throughout Central as well as Western Africa, but so far, its spread to Europe Europe and the United States has been mostly restricted to men who are having sexual relations with other males. 

The initial signs include fatigue and fever, which is followed by a rash that may develop to painful fluid-filled lesions that can persist for several weeks before transforming into scabs that eventually fall off. There has been no reported deaths yet within Europe and in the United States. Over 16,000 cases confirmed have been documented across 75 countries this year according to the WHO announced on Monday. A few doses of a vaccine for smallpox that protects against monkeypox are known as Jynneos have been given within New York, mostly to gay and bisexual males.

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