The World Health Organization has asked for the public’s help in renaming the monkeypox virus to better name the fast-spreading disease.
Concerns have been expressed by the World Health Organization for a long time in the name of this disease that emerged globally in May this year.
Experts have warned that the current name of the virus is likely to increase discrimination against monkeys, which has no significant role in the spread of the disease.
Recently, there has been an increase in attacks on monkeys by people in Brazil due to fears of disease outbreaks.
A spokeswoman for the World Health Organization said the disease would be named in accordance with established guidelines.
According to the spokesperson, we want to find a name that does not target anyone and in this regard a website where people can suggest names.
The name monkeypox is due to the fact that the virus was first discovered in monkeys during a study in 1958, although the virus was later discovered in a number of other animals.
The disease was first discovered in humans in the Republic of Congo in the 1970s and was then confined to West and Central African countries for decades.
But from May this year, the cases of this disease started spreading in other parts of the world and so far more than 31 thousand cases have been confirmed while 12 patients have died.
The World Health Organization has also declared it a global health emergency.