US President Joe Biden said people should be cautious about monkeypox, warning of potential consequences if the disease spreads further.
Some cases of infection monkey pox has been detected in North America and Europe since early May, raising concerns that the disease is spreading. Monkeypox is considered endemic in many areas of Africa.
US President Joe Biden, on a visit to Asia, said US health officials had not fully informed him of “exposure” in the US.
“But that’s something people should be concerned about,” Biden told reporters in Seoul, South Korea, on May 22 before boarding Air Force One to Tokyo, Japan.
“There is concern that if it spreads further, there will be more consequences. We’re trying to figure out what needs to be done and what vaccines might be useful,” he added.
The first case of monkeypox in the US in the recent outbreak was recorded on May 18 in Massachusetts. Florida also had a case on May 22.
Health officials say they are investigating the first known case of monkeypox in Florida, who recently traveled abroad.
Thousands of cases of monkeypox have been reported in Central and West Africa in recent years, but the disease is rare in Europe and North America. Most recover in a few weeks, and very few die.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on May 21 said there were 92 cases of infection in countries where monkeypox is not endemic.
The virus is transmitted from animals to humans, with symptoms very similar to smallpox but less severe clinically.