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New York commissioner found the name “monkey pox” intolerant and asked to change it

New York commissioner found the name “monkey pox” intolerant and asked to change it

New York Health Commissioner Ashwin Wasan has asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to rename monkeypox because the current name may offend LGBT people and black people.


New York Health Commissioner Ashwin Wasan wrote to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He felt that the name of the disease discriminated against members of the LGBT community and blacks, since the terminology was rooted in history as racist.

Vasan recalled the negative consequences during the emergence of HIV infection, as well as the racism that arose because of the words of former US President Donald Trump, who called the coronavirus a “Chinese virus”.

 


The use of the name “monkeypox” could revive traumatic memories for minorities, according to New York’s health commissioner. Because of this, it is likely that the infected will not go to a medical institution for help, so as not to be discriminated against.


Anyone can contract monkeypox, but now most of those affected are men who have had sex with men.


It is clarified that in New York, the most infections were found in the United States: 1092.