US President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the recent confirmed cases of monkey chickenpox in Europe and the US were “something to worry about”.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said in his first public comment on the disease, adding that “there are concerns that, if contagious, it will have consequences.”
President Park met with reporters at Osan Air Base, where he visited the military before taking off to continue his first Asian tour as president, and was asked about the disease.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said, “We haven’t revealed the level of exposure yet, but it’s something everyone should be concerned about.” He added that work is ongoing to determine which vaccines are effective.
Monkey pox is rarely confirmed outside of Africa, but as of Friday, there were 80 confirmed cases worldwide, at least two in the United States and another 50 suspected cases.
The disease belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox, but the symptoms are milder. People usually recover within 2 to 4 weeks without needing to be hospitalized, but the disease is sometimes fatal.