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International: World Health Organisation asks the public to rename Monkeypox

5:00 pm on 17 August 2022

The World Health Organisation is searching for a new name for the rapidly-spreading disease, Monkeypox.

Scientists and public health officials are warning the name can be stigmatising to the primates it was named after, who play little role in its spread, and to the African continent that the animals are often associated with. 

There have been several reported cases of people attacking monkeys over fears of the disease spreading. 

Disease names are typically chosen by a technical committee, but the health agency is allowing public submissions. 

Dozens of submissions have been made, including Poxy McPoxface, TRUMP-22, and OPOXID-22. 

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