KLAYMAN: DISCRIMINATORY TO WHOM? MONKEYS!?
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By Sarah Rumpf
August 14, 2022
The World Health Organization says it's holding an open forum to rename monkeypox, after some critics raised concerns the name could be considered discriminatory and stigmatizing.
WHO said the decision was made after meeting with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which helps identify best practices for naming new human diseases to "avoid causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups, and minimize any negative impact on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare."
In a statement Friday, the U.N. health agency said it has also renamed two families, or clades, of the virus, using Roman numerals instead of geographic areas, to avoid stigmatization.
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