The name of monkeypox disease was changed to Mpox by WHO.

  • The World Health Organization changed the name of monkeypox to Mpox after they received complaints about the term monkeypox conjuring up racist tropes and stigmatizing patients.
  • However, for 1 year both the names would continue to be used. After that there will be a full stop to using the name monkeypox.
  • Mpox has been operational in rural development parts of Central Africa and West Africa for decades.
  • The first case of human monkeypox was reported in 1970. This virus was detected many years ago in captive monkeys.
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