Thursday, December 01, 2022

WHO gives new names to types of monkeypox

The World Health Organization (WHO) this Friday gave new names to two known types of monkeypox, a disease for which it is assigning a new name to combat the stigma involved in identifying the pathology with an animal species, country or region. Also asking.

The variant known as Congo Basin (Central Africa) will be renamed Clade or Subtype One (I) and as the West African version Clade Subtype 2 (II)However it has two subtypes that would be identified by letters: Clade IIa and Clade IIb.

a clade is a grouping of organisms having a common ancestor and all its descendants.

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These names were proposed by a group of scientists convened by WHO and comprising virologists, experts evolutionary biology and experts from other fields from institutions from different parts of the world.

Now this group of experts continues to analyze what would be the best name to replace it. “Monkey Pox”, It is so called because the virus was first identified in 1958 among monkeys in a zoo in Denmark.

They were later identified Variants It is important according to the place in the world where it has circulated.

WHO has opened public consultation So that people can come up with a neutral name for this disease.

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A spokesman for the organization said today that several proposals have been received, many of them “very interesting”. It is unknown whether experts have a deadline to propose a new name.

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