Montreal group helps WHO rename monkeypox to ‘mpox’ to avoid stigmatization – CBC

Both terms to be used for 1 year while the original word is phased out

Nov 28, 2022

The World Health Organization announced Monday its new preferred term for monkeypox will be “mpox,” and it urged others to make the same change after receiving complaints that the current name for the disease was racist and stigmatizing.

The new name was suggested by a Montreal men’s health organization which had already campaigned for Quebec health officials to change the name in French.

“Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while ‘monkeypox’ is phased out,” the global health organization said.

In August, WHO began consulting experts about renaming the disease, shortly after the UN agency declared mpox’s spread to be a global emergency.

“When the outbreak of monkeypox expanded earlier this year, racist and stigmatizing language online, in other settings and in some communities was observed and reported to WHO,” the agency said.

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