Vice President Joe Biden stated that “everybody” should be concerned about the latest epidemic of monkeypox, which has baffled medical professionals throughout the world.
In an interview with reporters in South Korea before boarding Air Force One for Japan, Biden said, “Everybody should be concerned about [it],” according to Reuters.
As more monkeypox outbreaks have been recorded in Africa, followed by cases in Europe and the United States, the president’s statements are timely.
“We’re working on it, hard to figure out what we do,” added Biden.
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Only two instances have been proven in the United States since a man in Massachusetts was diagnosed with the condition, despite the fact that there are at least 80 confirmed cases and another 50 probable cases globally. Another New Yorker has been diagnosed with monkeypox.
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Before boarding Air Force One for a trip to Japan, U.S. President Joe Biden gives a speech at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
Individuals from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the United States, Sweden, and Canada have all reported cases, and none of them had a history of travel to Africa. This is a worrying trend. Confirmed cases have been reported this week from four more countries: Germany, Belgium, and Australia as well.
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— FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION, AFRICA (@FPA_Africa) May 21, 2022
Even though no one has died as a direct result of monkeypox, medical professionals are mystified by the universal occurrence.
“I’m stunned by this. Every day I wake up and there are more countries infected,” said Oyewale Tomori, a virologist and World Health Organization advisory board member.
“This is not the kind of spread we’ve seen in West Africa, so there may be something new happening in the West,” he added.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made this 2003 electron microscope image public showing mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions and round juvenile virions.
Christian Happi, director of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, said he’s “never seen anything like what’s happening in Europe.”
Although its closeness to the smallpox virus makes smallpox immunizations some protection against monkeypox, WHO estimates that up to one in ten people could die from monkeypox.
Symptoms of both viruses are identical as well. An undated image received by Reuters on May 18, 2022, shows the hands of a patient with a rash caused by monkeypox during an investigation into an outbreak of the disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 1996 to 1997.
The flu-like symptoms of fever, headaches, and shortness of breath first develop one to two weeks after infection. The skin eruption phase begins after about five days, during which a rash emerges and frequently spreads to various parts of the body.
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