Biden says monkeypox cases something to ‘be concerned about’

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea (AP) – President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the recent cases of monkeypox that had been identified in Europe and the United States were “concern.”

In his first public comments on the disease, Biden added: “The worry is that if it spreads, there will be consequences.”

The president was asked about the illness as he spoke to reporters at Osan Air Base, South Korea, where he visited the military before taking off for Japan to continue his first visit to the country. Asia as president.

“They haven’t told me the level of exposure but that’s something people should be concerned about,” Biden said. He added that work is underway to determine which vaccines might be effective.

Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, told reporters on a flight to Tokyo that the United States had a “appropriate supply of a vaccine to treat monkeypox.”

“We have a vaccine ready to deploy for that purpose,” he said. Sullivan said Biden is receiving regular updates on the outbreak.

Monkeypox is rarely identified outside of Africa, but as of Friday, there were 80 confirmed cases worldwide, including at least two in the United States and another 50 suspected. doubt.

Although the disease belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox, its symptoms are milder. People usually recover within two to four weeks without hospitalization, but the disease is sometimes fatal. Biden says monkeypox cases something to ‘be concerned about’

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