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Monkeypox To Be Renamed As MPOX’: Report

Geneva [Switzerland]: In order to de-stigmatise the Monkeypox virus, World Health Organisation (WHO) is looking to rename monkeypox to “MPOX”.

According to The Politico, the decision came after pressure from the Biden government to change the name. 

The new name is likely to be announced today.  

Citing people with knowledge of the matter, the Politico report said that Washington is worried that the virus’ name was deepening stigma and affecting the vaccination campaign in the country.

Since early May 2022, cases of monkeypox have been reported in countries where the disease is not endemic, and continue to be reported in several endemic countries. 

The US has recorded nearly 30,000 infections, according to Centre for Disease Control and Prevention data.

Most confirmed cases with travel history reported travel to countries in Europe and North America, rather than West or Central Africa where the monkeypox virus is endemic, according to WHO.

Most reported cases so far have been identified through sexual health or other health services in primary or secondary health-care facilities and have involved mainly, but not exclusively, men who have sex with men.

Last month, WHO said that Monkeypox continues to meet the International Health Regulations (IHR) criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

“The Emergency Committee acknowledged that some progress has been made in the global response to the multi-country outbreak of monkeypox since the last meeting, including the emerging information on the effectiveness of behavioural interventions and vaccines,” the WHO said in a statement.

This follows the third meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the multi-country outbreak of monkeypox.

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