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California Health Officials Now Referring To Monkeypox As ‘Mpox’ And ‘MPX’ As Calls Mount To Rename Disease
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California Health Officials Now Referring To Monkeypox As ‘Mpox’ And ‘MPX’ As Calls Mount To Rename Disease

Topline Health officials in California said Friday they will refer to monkeypox as “mpox” or “MPX,” a local TV station reported, amid criticism that the name is stigmatizing and discriminatory. Public health officials in California reportedly announced they will start referring to monkeypox as ... [+] "mpox" or "MPX." (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Getty Images Key Facts Researchers at the Montreal men’s health organization RÉZO proposed the name “Mpox” in a WHO forum set up to solicit ideas for a new name for the disease, with director Samuel Miriello telling Reuters “when you remove the monkey imagery, people seem to understand more quickly that there’s an emergency that needs to be taken seriously.” The WHO recently renamed two variants o...