WHO renames monkeypox to ‘mpox’

The World Health Organisation has revealed its plans to begin using the term “mpox” as a replacement for monkeypox.

After receiving complaints the current term for the disease was racist and stigmatising, the WHO launched a public consultation process to find a new name, receiving more than 200 proposals.

Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while “monkeypox” is phased out.

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