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US: Biden warns of possible “significant” monkeypox outbreak

MONKEYPOX has sparked the interest of US President Joe Biden, who said on Sunday that people should be aware of the disease, which has the potential to have “significant” consequences if it spreads further.

Since early May, several cases of monkeypox have been discovered in North America and Europe, raising fears that the disease, which is endemic in parts of Africa, is spreading.

On his first trip to Asia as president, the US president stated in Seoul that health officials had not fully briefed him on “the level of exposure” in the US.

“But it is something that everybody should be concerned about,” Biden told reporters before boarding Air Force One to fly to Tokyo.

“It is a concern in that if it were to spread it would be consequential,” he added.

“We’re working on it hard to figure out what we do and what vaccine if any might be available for it.”

Although they are uncommon in Europe and North America, thousands of human infections have been reported in portions of Central and Western Africa in recent years.

Monkeypox is only lethal in rare situations, and most people recover within a few weeks.

According to the World Health Organization, there were 92 confirmed instances of monkeypox in nations where the illness is not prevalent as of Saturday.

Animals transmit the virus to people, which causes symptoms that are comparable to smallpox but are less severe clinically.

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