February 1, 2023
Why did the World Health Organization decide to change the name "monkeypox"

Why did the World Health Organization decide to change the name “monkeypox”

  • Philippa Roxby
  • BBC Health Correspondent

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The virus formerly known as monkeypox

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the disease that has come to be known as “monkeypox” (monkeypox) will now be called Mpox, following complaints of racist language and stigma attached to the virus’s name.

The old term will be used in conjunction with the new term for one year before it is phased out.

The name Mpox was decided after lengthy discussions between experts, countries and the general public.

The World Health Organization said it can be easily used in English and other languages.