Monkeypox To Be Renamed Mpox, Says WHO

This handout picture depicts the dorsal surfaces of a monkeypox case in a patient who was displaying the appearance of the characteristic rash during its recuperative stage. Photo: AFP

Monkeypox is to be renamed mpox in English, the World Health Organization announced Monday, in a bid to avoid stigmatisation stemming from the existing name.

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.

“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,” the UN health agency said in a statement.

“WHO will adopt the term mpox in its communications, and encourages others to follow these recommendations, to minimise any ongoing negative impact of the current name and from adoption of the new name.”

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.

Some 81,107 cases and 55 deaths have been reported to the WHO this year, from 110 countries.

Whitney Houston’s Daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Dies At 22

Bobbi KristinaBobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston, died on Sunday at the age of 22, some six months after suffering irreversible brain damage in an incident at her suburban Atlanta home, her family said in a statement.

Brown, whose father is R&B singer Bobby Brown, was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her home by her partner and a friend on January 31. She was moved by her family to hospice care on June 24.

“She is finally at peace in the arms of God,” her family said. “We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”

As news of her death became public, media crews and some fans gathered on a darkened cul de sac in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, where ornate street lamps illuminated the ivy-covered brick nursing home where Brown died.

“We just wanted to show our respect,” said Ali Joyner, 15, who persuaded her mum and a neighbour to drive the 20 miles from their home in Dacula, Ga. “I just loved her mum, Whitney. And Bobbi is part of that.”

Her death came three years after her Grammy-winning mother, who had battled substance abuse, drowned in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel at age 48. Authorities said cocaine abuse and heart disease contributed to Houston’s February 11, 2012 death.

Bobbi Kristina Brown inherited her mother’s fortune.

A $10 million civil lawsuit filed last month accuses Bobbi Kristina Brown’s partner, Nick Gordon, of causing her life-threatening injuries and of stealing from her bank account while she was in a coma. No one has been charged in the case.

Bobbi Kristina Brown was an aspiring singer who began performing with her mother as early as 1999, singing duets of “My Love is Your Love.” In 2003 they recorded another duet of “Little Drummer Boy” for a holiday album.

Her father is a Grammy Award winner who started his career as frontman for the R&B group New Edition.

Houston and Bobby Brown both struggled with substance abuse and divorced when their daughter was 14. Houston described their 15-year marriage, which ended in 2007, as drug- and alcohol-fueled.

The couple’s tempestuous relationship and often erratic behavior was chronicled in the short-lived television series, “Being Bobby Brown.”

Bobbi Kristina Brown was hospitalized twice with anxiety after her mother’s death.

In 2012 she starred on Lifetime’s reality TV show, “The Houstons: On Our Own,” in which Houston’s family struggled to recover from the famous singer’s death. The same year Bobbi Kristina Brown guest-starred on “For Better or Worse,” a television series about a married couple.

I still talk to my mum – Bobbi Kristina Houston

Bobbi Kristina, the 19 year old daughter of the ‘I Will Always Love You’ singer, says she still talks to her mom and believes she is still around.

In her words, ”I feel her pass through me all the time, lights turn on and off and I’m like, Mom, what are you doing? I can still laugh with her and still talk to her.”

Kristina stated this in a Sunday interview with Oprah Winfrey on Winfrey’s network, that also featured Pat Houston, the singer’s manager and sister-in-law, and Gary Houston, the brother of Whitney Houston.

Talking about their relationship, Kristina who aspires to carry on her mother’s legacy and become a singer, actress and dancer disclosed that she was always there to sooth her mum’s insecurities.

‘‘She would come to me and say, ‘Did Mommy do okay? Did I look okay?’ I’d say, ‘You’re beautiful. You’re fine. You’re perfect’’, she disclosed.

Kristina credited her family and God for helping her cope since her mother’s death on February 11 at the age of 48.

Meanwhile, there are claims that Kristina plans to change her name to lose her link to her father, Bobby Brown. The bereaved 19-year-old, who will inherit her late mum’s entire estate told friends she will become “Kristina Houston”.  She is said to be upset that her singer dad left his ex-wife’s funeral following a disagreement over seating arrangements.

Bobbi Kristina first pushed to change her name six years ago when her parents separated, but her superstar mum stopped her from doing so.