There used to be a custom where motorists hung a St Christopher medallion from their rear view mirrors.
St Christopher was the patron saint of travelers [people who traveled, not itinerants] and it was considered that old Chris would always guide them on the right path. In fact he was the original SatNav before SatNavs were invented.
Then one of the popes decided to do a clearing out of saints and poor old St Christopher was demoted to just Chris. No one is quite sure why this happened, though my theory is that it was just a spot of Celestial Downsizing where they decided to just pension off a few to cut on wages. Of course, within a week, all motorists who had been relying on their medallions to guide them drove off cliffs, into rivers and into concrete walls because their Devine SatNav suddenly ceased to work.
The WHO is trying the same trick.
They have decided to eliminate a whole moxy load of diseases. Their rationale is simple – any disease name which may offend someone has to go.
Naturally Ebola gets the axe, as the people who live by the Ebola River in Africa are highly offended. German Measles of course has to go for obvious reasons. Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease is a goner too as there are quite a few Creutzfeldts and Jakobs who are in high dudgeon at their names being slighted. Legionaires will be quite happy with the move also.
It's quite an ingenious ploy as probably the majority of ailments from Athlete's Foot [poor athletes] to the Black Death are named after people or places so the majority have to go. There was a rumour that the Black Death is to just be renamed Person of African Descent Death but they decided to just scrap it instead, as it would still offend all Africa.
The problem now is that millions of people died from these diseases in the past. Now that the diseases have been eradicated are all those millions to be resurrected or will the authorities just change the death certificates to "cause unknown"?
The WHO are of course delighted with their little ploy. Basically the only disease they have to worry about now is the Common Cold.
They can now concentrate all their efforts on curing us of diseases we haven't yet caught or which haven't been invented yet.
Just as a by the by, is there anyone out there of a very sensitive nature called Tinnitus?