Monkeypox has been rebranded ‘mpox’ by the World Health Organisation.
“Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while ‘monkeypox’ is phased out,” the global agency said.
Monkeypox symptoms vary but include rash, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion and headache.
Single genital lesions and sores on the mouth or anus have also been identified as symptoms of the virus by an international collaboration of clinicians across 16 countries.
Some of the symptoms were so severe they required patients to be admitted to hospital.
In September, a second strain of monkeypox was detected in the UK after a person who had travelled to West Africa was diagnosed.
In October, leading infectious disease expert Professor Neil Ferguson said the UK looked to be winning the battle against the disease as case numbers were dropping – but he warned against complacency and highlighted the risk of a resurgence.
There have been more than 80,000 cases worldwide, according to the…