Cases of monkeypox are on the rise, according to the World Health Organization. There have been over 90 reported cases in 12 countries. During his trip to Tokyo, President Biden commented on the current situation.
“I just don’t think it rises to the level of the kind of concern that existed with COVID-19… and the smallpox vaccine works for it… But I think people should be careful.”
Biden also said they are looking into a possible vaccine and that if it were to spread, it could be consequential. In the U.S., there are reported cases in Florida, Massachusetts, and also suspected cases in New York that are being investigated.
Monkeypox is a virus with symptoms similar to those of smallpox, but less severe. First detected in West Africa in the Congo region, the name monkeypox comes from the initial discovery of the virus in monkeys in a Danish laboratory in 1958. The first human case was identified in 1970.
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