WHO Renames Monkeypox As MPox Over Alleged Racial Concerns

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said it is renaming “monkeypox” as “mpox” amid concerns that the name may be considered racist and might not accurately describe the origin of the virus.
  • “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.
  • LGBTQ activists, scientists and public health experts have been calling for the name change since the U.S. outbreak began earlier this year, according to The Hill.