Monkeypox Name Change: Monkeypox, a dangerous disease wreaking havoc in many countries of the world, has been renamed. Announcing on Monday (28 November), the World Health Organization (WHO) has changed the name of monkeypox to ‘mpox’. The World Health Organization said that both names would be used for about a year and then monkeypox would be phased out.
The World Health Organization issued a statement saying that when the outbreak of monkeypox increased earlier this year, it was seen using racist and offensive language. WHO was informed about this. Expressing concern over this, many countries had asked the WHO to change the name of the disease.
Following consultations, WHO will begin using a new term for “#monkeypoxdisease:’#mpox,
Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while ‘monkeypox’ is phased out. https://t.co/VT9DAdYrGY pic.twitter.com/Ae6zgkefPI
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) November 28, 2022
Both names will be used for one year
WHO further stated that after consultation, WHO decided to introduce a new term for monkeypox which is mpox. The two names would be used together for a year, while ‘monkeypox’ would be dropped later. The new name was proposed by the men’s health organization REZO.
80 thousand cases have been found so far
Thousands of monkeypox cases have been reported in many countries of the world including India. The symptoms of monkeypox vary. These include body rash, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, tiredness and headache. According to WHO data, so far more than 80,000 cases of this dangerous disease have been reported worldwide and 55 deaths have occurred.
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