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Awoman has tested positive for monkeypox (Mpox) in St Catherine, Jamaica.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2022 14:14

WHO eyes end to COVID and Mpox emergencies in 2023

GENEVA, Switzerland, (AFP) — The World Health Organization said Wednesday it hopes that COVID-19 and Mpox will no longer be public health emergencies in 2023 as both diseases end their most dangerous phase.

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Monday, 28 November 2022 12:58

WHO renames monkeypox as 'mpox'

The World Health Organization (WHO) has renamed monkeypox as 'mpox', citing concerns the original name of the decades-old animal disease could be construed as discriminatory and racist.
In a statement Monday, the UN health agency said 'mpox' was its new preferred name for monkeypox, saying both names would be used for the next year while the old name is phased out.
WHO said it was concerned by the racist and stigmatizing language that arose after monkeypox spread to more than 100 countries.
It said numerous individuals and countries asked the organization to propose a way forward to change the name.
In August, WHO began consulting experts about renaming the disease, shortly after the UN agency declared monkeypox's spread to be a global emergency.
To date, there have been more than 80,000 cases identified in dozens of countries that had not previously reported the smallpox-related disease.
Until May, monkeypox, a disease that is thought to originate in animals, was not known to trigger large outbreaks beyond central and west Africa.
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Monday, 28 November 2022 12:51

Jamaica's monkeypox cases now at 18

Jamaica has recorded a total 18 monkeypox cases as at Sunday, November 20.
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Tuesday, 25 October 2022 18:31

One more case of Monkeypox confirmed in Jamaica

Jamaica has recorded another locally transmitted case of monkeypox, increasing the total to 15. Among them, 14 are males.

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The Ministry of Health is investigating the first suspected monkeypox death in Jamaica.
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Tuesday, 28 June 2022 12:54

St Lucia Ramps Up Monkeypox Surveillance

Health authorities here have increased surveillance for Monkeypox after being alerted to the fact that a crew member on a flight to the island has tested positive for the virus.

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