The World Health Organization asked the public to suggest a new name for the monkeypox virus, due to negative public reaction to the current name.

Earlier this week the World Health Organization urged people not to attack monkeys because of fear of contracting them. monkeypox virus, as they discussed plans to potentially rename it—and now the organization is doing just that. It was just confirmed that the WHO is officially renaming Monkeypox due to the increasingly negative public backlash… and they want your help.

As Monkeypox Continues spread rapidly Around the world, there have been endless incidents of people reacting negatively to its name by acting in harmful, discriminatory and even racist ways. In an effort to stop this, the WHO has decided to formally rename the monkeypox virus and they are seeking the public’s assistance, courtesy of an online forum, @ABCNews reports. Through the statement, the health organization said, “WHO is conducting an open consultation to name a new disease for monkeypox. Anyone who wishes to propose new names may do so.”

The new online forum will be open to everyone and they will be able to submit any new names for Monkeypox they want. However, the WHO neglected to state when the official name change would be publicly announced. The decision to change the name was made this week after a meeting of a number of scientists, as they aim to protect “any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups from committing crimes, and to protect them from crime, whether on business, travel, tourism or Any negative impact is to be minimized. Animal welfare.”

Additionally, the WHO revealed that two other families of monkeypox viruses were tentatively named using Roman numerals, rather than being identified by their geographic region, to avoid further stigma.

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