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New York City Unveils New Name for Monkeypox


The New York City Health Department couldn’t wait any longer.

They debuted what it said was a “new name” for the monkeypox virus, claiming that the present term was too stigmatizing to continue using.

In an update on its health website, the department said that “moving forward” the monkeypox virus will be referred to as “MPV.”

From NYC Health:

Moving forward, the Health Department will refer to the virus as MPV. The previous name is an inaccurate and stigmatizing label for a virus that is primarily affecting a community that has already suffered a long history of bigotry. Stigma is a shadow affliction that can follow viruses and drive people away from care, even when the illness itself is treatable. The Department requested the World Health Organization change the name, and continues to urge global health authorities to make this modification universal. However, the equity considerations are too great to wait any longer.

The Daily Wire reported:

Shortly after announcing New York City’s first two deaths linked to monkeypox on Friday, the city’s health department explained that, from now on, it will refer to the virus as MPV.

Monkeypox, which largely transmits through sexual intercourse between men, hit the U.S. earlier this year and has infected nearly 30,000 Americans, killing six as of Friday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Along with expressing concern for the virus itself, the NYC Health Department also said it is worried about the “inaccurate and stigmatizing label” that comes with the virus’ name.

NBC New York noted:

New York City health officials announced two monkeypox-linked deaths on Friday, the first fatalities linked to the virus in the five boroughs, though few details on the individuals were immediately available.

According to the CDC, the United States has reported four monkeypox-linked deaths since the 2022 outbreak began, though the last data update was Thursday. The first fatality was reported in California in September.

New York City officials didn’t immediately release demographic or other information about the two residents who died, including whether they had underlying conditions, instead offering condolences in a brief statement.

“We are deeply saddened by the two reported deaths and our hearts go out to the individuals’ loved ones and community. Every effort will be made to prevent additional suffering from this virus through continued community engagement, information-sharing, and vaccination,” the statement read.

As of Oct. 17, the city has recorded at least 3,695 known cases of the virus. Since reaching its peak at the end of July, the outbreak of cases in New York City has dropped significantly, down to single-digit daily numbers by the beginning of this month.

To date, more than 143,000 first and second doses of the monkeypox vaccine have been administered.

“It appears that these deaths did occur in individuals who are either immunocompromised and have underlying health conditions,” Dr. Purvi Parikh, of NYU Langone Health, told News 4.


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