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Biden says cases of monkeypox are something to be ‘worried about’

Pyeongtaek, South Korea ( Associated Press) — President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the recent cases of monkeypox that have been identified in Europe and the United States are “to be concerned.”

In his first public remarks on the disease, Biden said: “It is a concern that if it does spread it will be consequential.”

The president was asked about the illness as he spoke to reporters at South Korea’s Osan Air Base, where he visited troops before flying to Japan to continue his first trip to Asia as president.

“They haven’t told me the level of exposure yet, but it’s something that everyone should be concerned about,” Biden said. He said work was underway to determine which vaccine might be effective.

Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, told reporters on a flight to Tokyo that the United States has “a supply of vaccines that are relevant to the treatment of monkeypox.”

“We have a vaccine available to be deployed for that purpose,” he said. Sullivan said Biden was getting regular updates on the outbreak.

Monkeypox is rarely identified outside Africa, but as of Friday, there were 80 confirmed cases worldwide, with at least two in the United States and another 50 suspected.

Although the disease belongs to the same virus family as smallpox, its symptoms are mild. People usually recover within two to four weeks without needing hospitalization, but the disease is sometimes fatal.

Megarian reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Darlene Superville in Washington contributed reporting.

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