The World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved new names for different variants of viruses causing the Monkeypox disease.
The new names, recommended by some global experts, use Roman numerals.
The former Congo Basin (Central African) clade will now be known as Clade one (I) while the former West African clade will now be known as Clade two (II). The latter consists of two subclades.
The global body in a statement on its website stated that the development was part of the ongoing efforts to align the names of monkeypox disease, variants or clades with current best practices.
It further explained that the current best practice is that newly-identified viruses, related diseases, and virus variants should be given names to avoid causing any cultural or social offence.
“Assigning new names to existing diseases is the responsibility of WHO under the International Classification of Diseases and the WHO Family of International Health Related Classifications (WHO-FIC),” it noted.
WHO said the new names for the clades will take effect immediately while it is consulting the public for a new disease name for monkeypox.
“WHO is holding an open consultation for a new disease name for monkeypox. Anyone wishing to propose new names can do so here,” it said.