New nomenclature for mpox (monkeypox) and monkeypox virus clades

David Ulaeto, Alexander Agafonov, Jennifer Burchfield, Lisa Carter, Christian Happi, Robert Jakob, Eva Krpelanova, Krutika Kuppalli, Elliot J Lefkowitz, Matthew R Mauldin, Tulio De oliveira, Bernard Onoja, James Otieno, Andrew Rambaut, Lorenzo Subissi, Adesola Yinka-Ogunleye, Rosamund F Lewis

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In May, 2015, WHO recommended best practices for naming new infectious diseases to avoid offense or economic effect for any ethnic, regional, or other groups.1 Although mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) is not new, WHO has endorsed mpox as the new name for this re-emerging disease and backed the scientific community to agree on neutral nomenclature for variants of viruses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-275
Number of pages3
JournalThe Lancet Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2023


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