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WHO plans to rename monkeypox to 'MPOX'

The decision, which could be announced as early as Wednesday comes in response to growing pressure from senior Biden officials, who privately urged WHO leaders to change the name, Politico added.

November 24, 2022 / 11:05 AM IST
Monkeypox is a disease that causes fevers and skin lesions.

Monkeypox is a disease that causes fevers and skin lesions.

The World Health Organization is planning to rename monkeypox, designating it as "MPOX" in an effort to destigmatize the virus that gained a foothold in the United States earlier this year, Politico reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

The decision, which could be announced as early as Wednesday comes in response to growing pressure from senior Biden officials, who privately urged WHO leaders to change the name, Politico added.
Reuters
first published: Nov 24, 2022 11:05 am