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New York announces ‘name change’ for monkeypox, says older term is too ‘stigmatizing’

Just the News | Oct. 22, 2022

The New York City Health Department this week debuted what it said was a “new name” for the monkeypox virus, claiming that the present term was too stigmatizing to continue using.

The city said in an update on its health website that “moving forward, the Health Department will refer to the virus as MPV.”

“The previous name is an inaccurate and stigmatizing label for a virus that is primarily affecting a community that has already suffered a long history of bigotry,” the health department said, a possible reference the LGBT community in which the vast majority of monkeypox cases have been located.

“Stigma is a shadow affliction that can follow viruses and drive people away from care, even when the illness itself is treatable,” the city argued further. “The Department requested the World Health Organization change the name, and continues to urge global health authorities to make this modification universal.”

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3 Comments on New York announces ‘name change’ for monkeypox, says older term is too ‘stigmatizing’

  1. The label ‘monkey pox’ seems more insulting to the simians than to many of the people afflicted with this virus.

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