The name “monkeypox” offends the feelings of African Americans and LGBT people. This opinion was voiced by New York Health Commissioner Ashwin Wasan, reports the 360 TV channel.
An American official approached the WHO with a proposal to change the name of the disease. Health terms matter, he says, as hate crimes against Asians and Pacific Islanders have risen during the pandemic.
The New York City Health Commissioner believes this situation may happen now. In his opinion, “monkeypox” many associate it with African Americans and gay men.
A week ago, the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the number of cases of monkeypox infection in more than 70 countries reached about 14 thousand. According to him, most infections are still detected in Europe, mainly among men.
The head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said that the risk of smallpox spreading in Russia is extremely low.
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