Biden warns monkeypox could be ‘significant’

Joe Biden warned, on Sunday, on the sidelines of his Asian tour, that the impact of the spread of monkeypox, which was discovered in dozens of European countries as well as in Australia, Canada and the United States, could be a “result”.

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The US president, who was about to leave South Korea for Japan, made clear on Sunday that he had not been fully informed by US health officials of the US’s “level of exposure” to this virus.

“But it’s something everyone should feel,” he told reporters before boarding Air Force One for Tokyo.

“If it spreads, it would be big,” he added.

Monkeypox, a less serious cousin of smallpox, has been eradicated for about forty years, first caused by a high fever and rapidly developing into a rash, with scales forming, especially on the face.

There is no cure, but this viral infection heals itself.

At least eight European countries reported cases on Friday, according to the World Health Organization, as well as Australia, Canada and the United States, countries with no unusual presence. It is commonly found, and considered ‘endemic’, in 11 African countries.

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