WHO best practices for naming of new human infectious diseases
Number of pages: 3
Publication date: 2015
Document number: WHO_HSE_FOS_15.1
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Naming diseases: First do no harm, Letter in Science
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.