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Why the name change? According to a press release from the World Health Organization, "Following a series of consultations with global experts, WHO will begin using a new preferred term "mpox" as a synonym for monkeypox. Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while "monkeypox" is phased out.
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. In several meetings, public and private, a number of individuals and countries raised concerns and asked WHO to propose a way forward to change the name."
Lewis and Clark Public Health will begin shifting our messaging from the term 'monkeypox' to 'mpox' in accordance with this new guidance from WHO.