Where Did Monkey Pox Get Its Name?

edThe monkey pox virus gets its name from the discovery of the virus in 1958 in laboratory monkeys. The virus was originally found in monkey tissue and the name “monkey pox” was given to the virus. This is why it continues to be known as “monkey pox” today.

The word “Monkey” in “Monkey pox” is derived from the first place the virus was discovered; in laboratory monkeys.

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