Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Monkeypox - How the World Health Organization has Taken Political Correctness to the Extreme

Despite the fact that the monkeypox narrative never really took hold of the world and created fear among the sheeple like the COVID-19, the World Health Organization has not been content to let "sleeping monkeys lie".


Here is a recent news release from WHO:


It would appear that the monkeys that WHO officials talked to about the issue made it very clear that they found the use of the word "monkey" in monkeypox highly offensive.


Here are some quotes from the news release:


"Following a series of consultations with global experts, WHO will begin using a new preferred term “mpox” as a synonym for monkeypox. Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while “monkeypox” is phased out.


When the outbreak of monkeypox expanded earlier this year, racist and stigmatizing language online, in other settings and in some communities was observed and reported to WHO. In several meetings, public and private, a number of individuals and countries raised concerns and asked WHO to propose a way forward to change the name."


Given that the news release states that "a number of individuals and countries" raised concerns about the use of the monkeypox label, it would be interesting to know exactly how many individuals and countries actually raised the issue.  One, ten, one hundred, one thousand?  We'll never know.


Considerations for changing the name of the disease that shall no longer be referred to as monkeypox included rationale, scientific appropriateness, the extent of current usage, pronounceability, usability in different languages, the absence of geographical and zoological references and the ease of retrieval of historical scientific information.  According to WHO, assigning new names to existing diseases is "exceptional" and generally takes several years, however, in this case the process was accelerated but we are told not to worry because the process of renaming the disease followed standard procedures.


Following the consultations which included experts from both the medical and scientific communities and classification and statistics advisory committees from government authorities of 45 nations, WHO's Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gheybreyesus recommends the following:


1.) Adoption of the new synonym mpox in English for the disease. 

2.) Mpox will become a preferred term, replacing monkeypox, after a transition period of one year. This serves to mitigate the concerns raised by experts about confusion caused by a name change in the midst of a global outbreak. It also gives time to complete the ICD update process and to update WHO publications.  

3.) The synonym mpox will be included in the ICD-10 online in the coming days. It will be a part of the official 2023 release of ICD-11, which is the current global standard for health data, clinical documentation and statistical aggregation. 

4.) The term “monkeypox” will remain a searchable term in ICD, to match historic information.

One has to wonder how many million dollars were spent on this exercise given that WHO is supported by the taxes that we remit to our governments, not forgetting that at least some of the cost fell on the shoulders of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as shown here:


This begs the question - how do chickens feel about the term "chickenpox"?  Perhaps WHO should now prioritize the renaming of this disease which has, for decades, stigmatized those wonderful barnyard animals that have provided the world with breasts, wings and eggs since time immemorial.  How about German measles?  Haven't the German people suffered enough prejudice after their ill-advised invasion of Europe and slaughter of the untermenschen living among them?

I think that the World Health Organization has its work cut out for it.

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