Pyeongtaek, Korea —President Biden said on Sunday that the latestWhat was identified in Europe and the United States was “worried about”.
Former Vice President Biden added that in his first public comment on the disease, he added, “I am concerned that it could be contagious if contagious.”
The president was asked about the disease while talking to reporters at Osan Air Base in South Korea.Before leaving for Japan to continue his first Asian tour as president.
Former Vice President 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.
Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, told reporters on a flight to Tokyo that “the United States is supplying a vaccine to treat monkey pox.”
“We have a vaccine available for that purpose,” he said. Sullivan said Biden is getting regular updates about the outbreak.
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 first caseLast week in Massachusetts, and in New York, authorities Another putative infection.
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.