WHO renames monkeypox virus branch


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The World Health Organization announced on the 12th that the monkeypox virus branch will be renamed, and the new name will be composed of Roman numerals and lowercase English letters. A global panel of experts convened by the WHO has agreed on a new name for the monkeypox virus subgroup, the WHO said in a statement. The new names will use Roman numerals to denote virus clades and lowercase letters to denote subclades. For example, experts now refer to the former Congo Basin branch as Branch I and the former West African branch as Branch II. Branch II in turn includes two subclades, IIa and IIb, of which IIb is a group of virus variants that will be primarily circulating in the 2022 monkeypox outbreak. (CCTV News)
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