- WHO announced new names for new variants of monkeypox virus that are wreaking havoc across globe
- The WHO said this move is to avoid causing any cultural or social offence
- The global health agency, in a statement, said that variants will now be called Clades I, IIa, IIb
Monkeypox: The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday announced new names for the new variants of the monkeypox virus that are wreaking havoc across the world. The WHO said this move is to avoid causing any cultural or social offence.
The global health agency, in a statement, said that the variants will now be called Clades I, IIa and IIb. Experts in pox virology, evolutionary biology and representatives of research institutes from across the globe reviewed the phylogeny and nomenclature of known and new monkeypox virus variants or clades.
“Newly identified viruses, related diseases and virus variants are given names to avoid causing offence to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups, and to minimize the negative impact on trade, travel, tourism, or animal welfare,” said WHO said in a statement.
“A group of global experts convened by WHO has agreed on new names for monkeypox virus variants, as part of ongoing efforts to align the names of the monkeypox disease, virus and variants–or clades–with current best practices. The experts agreed to name the clades using Roman numerals,” said a statement issued by WHO.
“The group reached consensus on new nomenclature for the virus clades which is in line with best practices. They agreed on how the virus clades should be recorded and classified on genome sequence repository sites,” read the statement.
According to WHO, “Consensus was reached to now refer to the former Congo Basin (Central African) clade as Clade one (I) and the former West African clade as Clade two (II). Additionally, it was agreed that the Clade II consists of two subclades.”
Delhi reports its 5th monkeypox case
Delhi, meanwhile, reported its fifth monkeypox case with a 22-year-old African woman testing positive for the infection, official sources said on Saturday. The woman had travelled to Nigeria a month ago.
She was admitted to LNJP Hospital two days ago and her reports came out on Friday night, confirming that she was positive. She is the second woman in the national capital to contract the infection. Four persons, including two women, are admitted to the LNJP Hospital with monkeypox while one patient was discharged from the facility.
Last month, the World Health Organization had declared a global health emergency over monkeypox.
(with ANI inputs)