The California Department of Public Health is now using the code MPX to describe monkeypox, according to a statement from the department.
Citing concerns about the stigma associated with the disease name, CDPH uses monkeypox only in “first use” in written documents or correspondence. The second time the disease is referred, the department uses MPX. As for the conversations, “CDPH uses M-POX (em-pox) colloquially,” CDPH told KRON4.
CDPH states that he has been using MPX for about a week.
In June, the World Health Organization announced that it would change the name of the disease. This decision came after a paper with more than 30 scientists worldwide stated that the name monkeypox can be discriminatory and stigmatizing.
As of August 20, Los Angeles County Public Health has recorded 1,105 confirmed cases of monkeypox, including cases in Long Beach and Pasadena.
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