WHO best practices for naming of new human infectious diseases

Number of pages: 3
Publication date: 2015
Languages: English
Document number: WHO_HSE_FOS_15.1


WHO, in consultation and collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has identified best practices for the naming of new human diseases, with the aim to minimize unnecessary negative impact of disease names on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare, and avoid causing offence to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups.


For more information on disease naming, please contact: infectiousdiseasenaming@who.int
For media inquiries, please contact: mediainquiries@who.int

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