Monkeypox To Be Renamed Mpox, Says W.H.O
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on November 28, 2022
A court in the Comoros has passed a life sentence for high treason to ex-president Ahmed Sambi, who was convicted of selling passports to stateless people living in the Gulf.
The 64 year old Sambi, an arch rival of President Azali Assoumani, was sentenced by the State Security Court, a special judicial body whose rulings cannot be appealed.
According to public prosecutor Ali Mohamed Djounaid, the Ex-President betrayed the mission entrusted on him by Comorians.
Meanwhile, Sambi led the small Indian Ocean archipelago between 2006 and 2011 and pushed through a law in 2008 allowing the sale of passports for high fees.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that in a bid to stop stigmatization, Monkeypox is to be renamed mpox in English.
Monkeypox received its name because the virus was originally identified in monkeys kept for research in Denmark in 1958, but the disease is found in a number of animals, and most frequently in rodents.
According to the reports, the disease was first discovered in humans in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the spread among humans since then mainly limited to certain West and Central African countries where it is endemic.
But in May, cases of the disease, which causes fever, muscular aches and large boil-like skin lesions, began spreading rapidly around the world, mainly among men who have sex with men.
The WHO reveals that about 81,107 cases and 55 deaths have so far been reported from 110 countries.