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WHO announces term 'mpox' as new name for monkeypox, which will be phased out over the next year

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Monkeypox has been rebranded 'mpox' by the World Health Organisation. "Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while 'monkeypox' is phased out," the global agency said.
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WHO to use 'mpox' for monkeypox to tackle stigma

The WHO launched a public consultation process to find a new name for the disease earlier this year and received more than 200 proposals. The United States, which was among the countries and bodies supporting the name change, welcomed the announcement.

2 months ago·Mumbai, India
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Monkeypox given new name by global health experts

The change to mpox was prompted by concerns over negative connotations from the name of the virus.

2 months ago·United Kingdom
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WHO Renames Monkeypox as Mpox, Citing Racism Concerns

WHO said it was concerned by the “racist and stigmatizing language” that arose after monkeypox spread to more than 100 countries

2 months ago·India
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WHO to use 'mpox' for monkeypox to tackle stigma

The World Health Organization said on Monday it would start using a new preferred term, "mpox", as a synonym for monkeypox and urged others to follow suit after receiving complaints that the current name for the disease was racist and stigmatising.

2 months ago·United Kingdom
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Monkeypox renamed ‘because of racism’

The World Health Organisation said its preferred term for the disease will be ‘mpox’ after reports of racism and stigmatising language

2 months ago·London, United Kingdom
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WHO renames monkeypox as mpox, citing racism concerns

The World Health Organization is renaming monkeypox as mpox, citing concerns the original name of the decades-old animal disease could be construed as discriminatory and racist. The U.N. health agency

2 months ago·United States
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