New York official demands changing name of Monkeypox virus

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New York official demands changing name of Monkeypox virus

Washington, : The US has appealed to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to change the name of the Monkeypox virus. New York Health Commissioner Ashvin Wasan has written a letter to the WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus demanding a change of name of the virus. Monkeypox has spread in about 75 countries. More than 16,000 cases have been detected so far and the infection is spreading fast in other countries. New York alone has 1,092 cases, the highest in the US. The WHO has also announced an emergency looking at the spread of the virus.
Wasan has also stated that the fear of getting the infection has deprived many persons of proper treatment. The name may be changed as it sounds similar to eradicated chickenpox virus.