Chairman Joe Biden said Monday that he does not believe in an outbreak of abekopper is just as risky as Covid-19 pandemictemperamental comments he made a day earlier that people should be “concerned”.
“We have had these monkey cups in large numbers in the past. We have vaccines to take care of it,” Biden said during a visit to Tokyo.
“I just do not think it rises to the level of the kind of concern that existed with COVID-19.”
Still, he said, “people need to be careful.”
On Sunday, Biden had said everyone should be concerned about the spread of monkey pox.
“They have not told me the level of exposure yet, but it’s something that everyone should be worried about,” he told CNN.
“We are working hard on it to find out what we are doing and what vaccine, if any, may be available for it. It is a concern that if it were to spread, it would be a consequence. That was all. , what they told me. “
Monkey cups in the United States
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently tracking recent clusters of monkey pox infections and other possible cases in the United States.
On Friday, it said it was monitoring six people in the US for possible monkey pox infections after sitting near an infected traveler who had symptoms while on a flight from Nigeria to the UK in early Maj.
Separately, CDC officials are also investigating a case of monkey pox confirmed in a Massachusetts man who had recently traveled to Canada. And in New York City, a patient has tested positive for the orthopox virus, the family of viruses to which monkey pox belongs, health officials in NYC have reported.
The first symptoms of monkey pox are typically flu-like, such as fever, chills, fatigue, headaches and muscle weakness, followed by swelling in the lymph nodes, which help the body fight infections and diseases.
Next comes a widespread rash on the face and body, including inside the mouth and on the palms and soles of the feet.
The painful, swollen cups are pearly and fluid-filled, often surrounded by red circles. The lesions eventually shed and disappear over a period of two to three weeks.
Close contact with an infected individual is required for the spread of monkey pox virus, experts say.
Infection can develop after exposure to “broken skin, mucous membranes, respiratory droplets, infected body fluids or even contact with contaminated linen,” said Neil Mabbott, personal head of immunopathology at the University of Edinburgh’s Veterinary School in Scotland.
CNN has previously reported that CDC officials are assessing whether a smallpox vaccine should be offered to healthcare professionals treating monkeypox patients and other people who may be at “high risk” of being exposed to the disease.
Variola viruses that cause smallpox and monkeypox viruses are related. They are both members of the genus Orthopoxvirus, which belongs to the scientific family of “smallpox virus”. Some of the vaccines administered to prevent smallpox have also been shown to prevent monkey smallpox.
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