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Monday, November 28, 2022

Monkeypox disease now has a new name: mpox. The World Health Organization announced the long-awaited change on Monday, saying the disease's original name plays into "racist and stigmatizing language."

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...But it will take time to replace a term that has been used for decades. The first human monkeypox case was recorded in 1970. The virus was initially detected years earlier, in captive monkeys.

"Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while 'monkeypox' is phased out," WHO said.

The announcement drew a mixed response from Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor, a global health equity advocate and senior New Voices fellow at the Aspen Institute who has backed changing the name.

"Mpox is better than monkeypox because it still contains 'pox', which speaks to the physical nature of the disease," Nsofor told NPR on Monday. "Removing 'monkey' removes the stigma that monkeypox comes with and deals with the possible misinformation" about how it's transmitted, he added, as it might falsely suggest monkeys are the main source of spreading the virus to humans. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-28 03:39 PM | Reply

Gov. DeSantis has announced the Florida Dept of Health will refer to it as AndrewGillumPox.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-11-28 03:58 PM | Reply

Cracker-jax.

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-11-28 07:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It's not going to make it any less dangerous. What are the planning to call it the happy plague?

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2022-11-28 08:30 PM | Reply

Meanwhile monkeypox numbers are actually way down. Because gay men listened to public health information, got vaccinated, and adjusted their behavior. Imagine how many people would be alive today if republicans responded to covid that way.

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-11-28 09:25 PM | Reply

maybe the susceptible needs to respond.... maybe???

#6 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2022-11-28 11:38 PM | Reply

Cool. Now, toss in a bag of bananas and we'll call it a day.
~ The Monkeys
(Organ Grinder Assistant PTSD Division)

#9 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-11-29 08:57 AM | Reply

Does the 'm' in mpox stand for monkey?

#10 | Posted by eightfifteenpm at 2022-11-29 09:56 AM | Reply

This is the kind of thing that is made-to-order for butthurt whiners such as Tucker Carlson and Nick Fuentes.
"Oh my Gawd! Western Civilization is being destroyed. A virus has been renamed by the 'woke mob'."

#11 | Posted by anton at 2022-11-29 10:01 AM | Reply

"This is the kind of thing that is made-to-order for butthurt whiners such as Tucker Carlson and Nick Fuentes.
"Oh my Gawd! Western Civilization is being destroyed. A virus has been renamed by the 'woke mob'.""

On the flip side, butthurt Dems claim America is being destroyed because bathrooms are not open to anyone who wants to walk into them. See how partisan stupidity works now?

#12 | Posted by humtake at 2022-11-29 11:41 AM | Reply

See how partisan stupidity works now?

#12 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Yup. The fact that you are still apparently butthurt over the stupid "bathroom wars" with so many other real problems in America speaks volumes about your "partisan stupidity".

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-11-29 11:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

maybe the susceptible needs to respond.... maybe???

#6 | Posted by lfthndthrds

Which during covid was everyone. Too bad half our country are too stupid and selfish to do their part.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-11-29 01:21 PM | Reply

On the flip side, butthurt Dems claim America is being destroyed because bathrooms are not open to anyone who wants to walk into them. See how partisan stupidity works now?

#12 | Posted by humtake

Yes we see how it works. It makes morons like you hallucinate democrats saying things they never said.

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-11-29 01:22 PM | Reply

"Dems claim America is being destroyed because bathrooms are not open to anyone who wants to walk into them."

Link?

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-11-29 01:35 PM | Reply

#12

You went for bathrooms?

It's Advent. What about the War on Christmas?

Please keep your MAGAt imbecility season-appropriate.

#18 | Posted by anton at 2022-11-29 05:43 PM | Reply

How is "monkeypox" racist?

Wanting to rename it to me is actually what's racist.

Leaving it alone isn't.

I'm just curious.

Anyone who thinks this is racist wanting it renamed must be associating monkees with a race.

What race would that be?

Just leaving it alone just leaves it associated with monkees but not a race.

Bringing race into it is what makes it racist.

#19 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2022-11-29 07:40 PM | Reply

Hey BillJohnson.

It's not that it's racist.

It's thar the word "monkey" brings the racist moths to the racist flame. They just can't help being themselves:

"The international monkeypox outbreak drastically raised the disease's profile in Europe and the U.S., affecting more than 100 countries in all. And as the disease spread, public health experts say, so did the use of discriminatory language and images online."

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-11-29 07:49 PM | Reply

Snoofy,

"It's thar the word "monkey" brings the racist moths to the racist flame."

Only in the mind of other racists.

Good of WHO to remind us how people think blacks look like monkey's.

For those who didn't know...now they do.

Good grief...people are strange.

#21 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2022-11-29 07:56 PM | Reply

Snoofy,

Good after dinner topic of conversation....

Hey...have you heard WHO is renaming monkeypox?

Really....Why are they doing that?

Good grief...

I think some people just have racist on the brain.

Should have just left it alone....made a vaccination....but no...they had to turn it into a whole topic to discuss the name.

#22 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2022-11-29 08:14 PM | Reply

"Really....Why are they doing that?"

Did you miss the part where folks have noted the rise of racist tropes and memes relating to the word itself?!?

How would you feel if YOU were one of the targets?

#23 | Posted by Danforth at 2022-11-29 08:19 PM | Reply

How would you feel if YOU were one of the targets?

POSTED BY DANFORTH AT 2022-11-29 08:19 PM | REPLY

He would vote for Trump.

#24 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2022-11-29 08:22 PM | Reply

"Really....Why are they doing that?"

Racist crap like this:

Doctor Who Called Michelle Obama 'Monkey Face' Has Been Suspended
time.com

Michelle Obama 'ape in heels' post causes outrage
www.bbc.com

#25 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-11-29 08:24 PM | Reply

@#19 ... How is "monkeypox" racist?

Wanting to rename it to me is actually what's racist. ...

"Monkeypox" is not racist.

The word "monkey" has racist connotations among many in the Republican Party.

For example, the photo shopped pictures of fmr Pres Obama with the image of a monkey's face instead of his face.

GOP statehouse candidate refuses to apologize for racist tweet
kdvr.com

...Things have gotten ugly on Twitter in a race where a candidate for the statehouse admits she was trying to get her opponent's attention.

The longshot Republican candidate in the race for Colorado's House District 3 said she is not apologizing after calling her opponent and three candidates of color "chimps."...



#26 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-29 08:26 PM | Reply

Dan,

"How would you feel if YOU were one of the targets?"

I wouldn't like it.

So the answer is to fan the flame?

It's still mpox...short for....well...you know and we all know....no one will say "mpox"...we'll say monkeypox...can't pronounce mpox as a word....maybe hmmmmmpox...doesn't work.

A totally different name might have made sense.

Personally...I'd like to know who at WHO was the brainchild is this.

It wasn't thoughtout.

#27 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2022-11-29 08:27 PM | Reply

@#22 ... but no...they had to turn it into a whole topic to discuss the name. ...

And that discussion is something your alias seems to want to avoid?

Why?

#28 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-29 08:29 PM | Reply

Lamp,

"the photo shopped pictures of fmr Pres Obama with the image of a monkey's face instead of his face."

Something tells me Obama isn't as thin-skinned as you think.

People in America are really getting to be thin-skinned crybabies.

#29 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2022-11-29 08:29 PM | Reply

@#27 ... So the answer is to fan the flame? ...

The answer is to eliminate racism.

But both you and I know this small step won't do that.

So your alias seems to want to continue racism instead of taking small steps to eliminate it.

I get it.

thx for your candor on this topic.

#30 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-29 08:33 PM | Reply

5 Times Republicans Called Michelle Obama A Primate
www.yahoo.com

Racist image tops Google search results for Michelle Obama
www.networkworld.com

#31 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-11-29 08:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#29 ... Something tells me Obama isn't as thin-skinned as you think. ...

The thickness of the skin of the Obamas is not the topic of discussion.

That your comment tries to deflect to that shows the weakness of your position.

Do try again.

Yer up.

#32 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-29 08:36 PM | Reply

Gal,

I never said this doesn't occur.

You can probably find a hundred links.

The Obama's I'm sure are sensitive and smart but smart enough to not let emotions control their lives.

#33 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2022-11-29 08:40 PM | Reply

Lamp,

"So your alias seems to want to continue racism instead of taking small steps to eliminate it."

Actually I can tell my posts went right over your head.

#34 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2022-11-29 08:41 PM | Reply

@#34 ... Actually I can tell my posts went right over your head. ...

How?

#35 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-29 08:44 PM | Reply

It's not about the Obamas, Bill. You know that. Or at least I hope you do.

#36 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-11-29 08:47 PM | Reply

Lamp,

"So your alias seems to want to continue racism instead of taking small steps to eliminate it."

I just did.

Don't believe everything you think.

The name change is creating an association a lot of people might not have seen.

My opinion.

#37 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2022-11-29 08:51 PM | Reply

@#36 ... Or at least I hope you do. ...

At this point in the conversation, I am not convinced his alias does.


But I await the alias' reply to my request for a follow-up.

#38 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-29 08:52 PM | Reply

@#37 ... "So your alias seems to want to continue racism instead of taking small steps to eliminate it."

I just did. ...

So, I question if your alias wants to continue racism, and the reply from your alias is "I just did."

OK, Got it.

... Don't believe everything you think. ...

I did not think that. Your alias seems to confirmed it. (see above)

... The name change is creating an association a lot of people might not have seen. ...

Huh?

OK, you lost me with that one.

#39 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-29 08:57 PM | Reply

Gal,

I didn't say it was about the Obamas. Lamp brought President Obama into the conservation. btw...I voted for him both times.

He brought in gays openly serving in the military. No regrets on my part.

#40 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2022-11-29 09:01 PM | Reply

Lamp,

"OK, you lost me with that one."

We'll leave it at that.

#41 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2022-11-29 09:13 PM | Reply

@#40 ... Lamp brought President Obama into the conservation. ...

I brought up that Republicans had posted pictures of fmr Pres Obama with a monkey-face instead of his real face.

Why do some Republicans seem to do that?

It is good that your alias now tries to distance itself form those occurrences.

Interesting tune with an interesting history...

M + M - Black Stations / White Stations (1984)
www.youtube.com
.

Sometimes I wonder if we have moved forward or backward from then...

Your comments indicate to me, backward...



That song was quite controversal in its time


#42 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-29 09:16 PM | Reply

Does no-one recall the pictures of Bush the W posted various places with the face of a chimp? Just looked at some images on the web, they were not uncommonly from The Guardian,that nasty conservative rag from England.
As for recency about 60 years ago I was in a country where many people were quick to be offended by any perceived comparison to monkeys.

#43 | Posted by Charliecharles at 2022-11-29 10:02 PM | Reply

@#43

So, what's yer point?

(I had to ask because your comment was a rambling mess...)

#44 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-29 10:11 PM | Reply

#44. Was mostly commenting on the one-sidednes of the thread posts prior to mine. Nothing to deep, it just caught my attention.

#45 | Posted by Charliecharles at 2022-11-29 10:26 PM | Reply

@#45 ... Was mostly commenting on the one-sidednes of the thread posts prior to mine. ...

Why do you think the posts were one-sided?

#46 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-29 10:28 PM | Reply

Good question. In part due ro a few particular posts and my reaction to them, also a long standing bias or sensitivity to presentations which I see as as only presenting one side of an argument or neglecting contradicting evidence or opinion. This seems to me quite prevalent in almost any source I read .

#47 | Posted by Charliecharles at 2022-11-29 11:51 PM | Reply

@#47 ... This seems to me quite prevalent in almost any source I read . ...

Yet no examples are provided.


Based upon your comment ("quite prevalent"), it should be quite easy to provide an example to substantiate the opinion stated.

Yer up...

What's yer got?

#48 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-30 12:07 AM | Reply

"I wouldn't like it. So the answer is to fan the flame?"

No, the answer is to remove some of the fuel from the fire. The current name encourages racist tropes.

Thanks for agreeing the victims are affected.

#49 | Posted by Danforth at 2022-11-30 12:23 AM | Reply

Dan,
"How would you feel if YOU were one of the targets?"
I wouldn't like it.
So the answer is to fan the flame?
It's still mpox...short for....well...you know and we all know....no one will say "mpox"...we'll say monkeypox...can't pronounce mpox as a word....maybe hmmmmmpox...doesn't work.
A totally different name might have made sense.
Personally...I'd like to know who at WHO was the brainchild is this.
It wasn't thoughtout.
#27 | POSTED BY BILLJOHNSON AT 2022-11-29 08:27 PM

Is it Christmas in Hell, because I'm predicting a foot of snow! I 100% agree with every point. Hmmmmpox indeed, this re-naming was performed by an authoritarian national, imo. Someone who doesn't use English as a primary language, I'm presuming, or someone who - as has been pointed out - is "fanning a flame".

The irony being that NPR uses "monkeypox" throughout the article, rather than the changed language.

#50 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2022-11-30 06:10 AM | Reply

YourMomPox.

#51 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-11-30 03:17 PM | Reply

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