President Biden warned on Sunday about monkey pox, a viral infection that is spreading rapidly around the world, warning that the disease, which can spread as easily as touching contaminated objects, “should be something everyone should be concerned about.”
Rarely seen outside of Africa, the monkey head has been found in Europe and the United States in recent weeks.
As of Saturday, 92 cases and 28 suspected cases have been confirmed in 12 countries, excluding African countries where Africa is endemic. According to the World Health Organization. There was one confirmed case in the United States. A man was diagnosed in Boston last week, but public health officials believe the number of cases will rise soon.
Although sometimes lethal, the speed at which the ape-head virus spreads has heightened fears of another pandemic that will strain the healthcare system already weakened by Covid-19.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said at South Korea’s Osan Air Base, “I haven’t said the level of exposure yet, but it’s something everyone should be concerned about.” Official visit to Asia as president. “We’re working hard to figure out what we’re doing and what vaccines are available.”
“However, it is worrisome in that if it spreads, it could eventually follow,” he added.
that much Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Although there is “no proven and safe treatment” for monkey pox, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of a smallpox vaccine and antiviral treatment to help control the outbreak.
White House Covid-19 response coordinator Dr Ashish Jha said late Sunday that the United States has resources, including a smallpox vaccine, that could contain the virus.
“I’m confident we can continue to address this issue,” Dr Jha told ABC’s “This Week.”
“We will track it very closely and use the tools we need to prevent further spread and care for those who are infected,” he said.
Two smallpox vaccines are approved for use in the United States and are generally effective in preventing monkeypox infection. (One was specifically approved for that purpose.) The United States has stockpiled millions of doses for use in possible outbreaks.
Most cases outside of Africa have been found in England, Spain and Portugal. On Sunday, Austria reported the first case.
The case reported last week in Boston is the first case in the United States in nearly 20 years. The ill man recently traveled to Canada and had two cases this year.
What you need to know about the monkey chickenpox virus
What is monkey pox? Monkeypox is a virus that occurs in parts of Central and West Africa. It is a more benign version of smallpox. It was discovered in 1958 after the outbreak occurred in monkeys bred for study, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the United States, there were dozens of cases of monkeypox in 2003. All were believed to be the result of exposure to infected prairie dogs and other pets.
The virus can spread through body fluids, contaminated objects and skin contact, or through respiratory droplets released by an infected person.
New York City health officials said Friday they had tested two patients under investigation for possible monkey chickenpox.
Monkey chickenpox starts as flat, red spots that cause a raised, pus-filled rash. Infected people also develop fever and body aches.
Symptoms usually appear within 6-13 days, but can take up to 3 weeks after exposure. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it can last 2 to 4 weeks and more severe cases occur in children.
Daniel Victor And Apurva Mandabili contributed to the report.