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A group of global experts convened by WHO weekend named new monkeypox virus variants, as part of ongoing efforts to align the names of the monkeypox disease, virus and variants or clades in line with current best practices.

The global experts agreed to name the clades using Roman numerals.

They reached a consensus that the former Congo Basin (Central African) clade is now Clade one (I) and the former West African clade as Clade two (II).

It was also agreed that Clade II consists of two subclades.

Source: Vanguard