“Everyone should be concerned,” Biden warned

President Biden on Sunday warned against monkeypox, a viral infection that is spreading rapidly around the world, and warned that the disease, which can spread easily by handling a contaminated substance, is an issue that “everyone should be concerned about.”

Monkeypox, rarely seen outside of Africa, has been found in Europe and the United States in recent weeks.

As of Saturday, 92 cases and 28 suspected cases had been identified in 12 countries outside African countries where it was local, according to the World Health Organization. There has been a confirmed case in the United States – a Boston man was diagnosed last week – but public health officials believe the number of cases will increase soon.

Although only occasionally fatal, the rate at which the monkeypox virus is spreading has created the risk of another epidemic that will put even more strain on the health system already thinned by Kovid-19.

“They haven’t told me the level of exposure yet, but it’s something that everyone should be concerned about,” Mr Biden said at South Korea’s Ocean Air Base, where he met with US troops before his first visit to Japan. Visit to Asia as President. “We’re working hard to determine what we do and what vaccines may be available.”

He added, “But it is a matter of concern in the sense that if it spreads, it will have consequences.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says there is “no proven, safe treatment” for monkeypox, but the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of smallpox vaccine and antiviral therapy to help control the outbreak.

White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha later said Sunday that the United States has the resources to keep the virus at bay, including the smallpox vaccine.

“I’m confident we’ll be able to keep our weapons around it,” Dr. Zhao told ABC in an interview this week.

“We are going to track this very closely and to ensure that we have the tools we need to prevent further spread and take care of infected people.”

Two smallpox vaccines are approved for use in the United States, and they are generally effective in preventing monkeypox infections. (One is specifically authorized for that purpose.) The United States has stockpiled millions of doses for potential outbreaks.

Mostly found outside of Africa in Britain, Spain and Portugal. On Sunday, Austria reported its first case.

The case, reported in Boston last week, is the first in nearly two decades in the United States. The man who fell ill recently traveled to Canada, which has had two cases this year.

The United States saw an outbreak of a monkeypox in dozens of cases in 2003. All are believed to have been caused by contact with infected prairie dogs and other pets.

The virus can be spread through contact with body fluids, contaminants and skin, or through respiratory droplets expelled by an infected person.

Health authorities in New York City said Friday they have examined two patients under investigation for possible monkeypox.

Monkeypox forms a rash that starts with a flattened red spot that grows and fills with pus. The victims will also have fever and body aches.

Symptoms usually appear within six to 13 days but may take up to three weeks after exposure. These can last up to two to four weeks, with more severe cases in children, according to the World Health Organization.

Daniel Victor And Apurba Mandavili Contributing Reporting.

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