WHO to rename Monkeypox ‘MPOX’, report says

WHO to rename Monkeypox ‘MPOX’, report says
WHO to rename Monkeypox ‘MPOX’, report says

The World Health Organization renames monkeypox “MPOX,” three people with knowledge of the matter told Politico. The new name could be announced this week.

The WHO said in a statement that a new name has not yet been announced and the organization will share details when it is finalized.

Global health officials have been working on a new name for monkeypox for months, with the WHO citing “cases of racist and stigmatizing language online and in other settings,” as one the disease outbreak has spread around the world earlier this year. Monkeypox was originally named in 1958, before WHO best practices for naming a disease were in effect. Two strains or “clades” of the disease have been

their association with specific regions or countries.

Senior Biden administration officials had been pressuring WHO officials to come up with a new name, Politico reported. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Anyone in very close contact with someone with monkeypox can get the disease. However, it was mainly spread through sexual contact and primarily affected by gay and bisexual men, although some argue that cases in women and non-binary people may be overlooked. Vaccines are available for people who have been exposed to monkeypox or those who are at higher risk of contracting the disease. Compared to the peak of the outbreak in the United States in July and August, reported cases of monkeypox have been low in recent weeks.

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The article is in French

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