Monkeypox to be renamed ‘mpox’: WHO

- Science - November 28, 2022

The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Monday that Monkeypox was to be renamed ‘mpox’. Monkeypox received its name because the virus was originally identified in monkeys kept for research in Denmark in 1958, but the disease is found in a number of animals, most frequently in rodents. “When the outbreak of monkeypox expanded earlier this year, racist and stigmatizing language online, in other settings, and in some communities was observed and reported to WHO,” the UN health agency said in a statement.