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WHO Will Rename Monkeypox Virus to Minimize Stigma, Racism

  • Organization discussing the name change with virus experts
  • More than 1,600 cases have been recorded globally, WHO says
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The World Health Organization will officially rename monkeypox, in light of concerns about stigma and racism surrounding the virus that has infected over 1,600 people in more than two dozen countries. 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general, announced Tuesday morning that the organization is “working with partners and experts from around the world on changing the name of monkeypox virus, its clades and the disease it causes.” He said the WHO will make announcements about the new names as soon as possible.