Joe Biden: MonkeyPix threat doesn’t rise to COVID-19 level: Joe Biden

President Joe Biden on Monday sought to allay concerns over recent cases of monkeypox identified in Europe and the United States, saying he did not see the need to introduce strict segregation measures. A day after speaking in Tokyo, he said the virus was “a matter of concern,” Biden said. “I don’t think it has reached the level of concern that exists with COVID-19.”

Monkeypox is rarely detected outside of Africa. As of Friday, however, the United States had 80 confirmed cases worldwide, including at least two and 50 more suspects. A suspected case of monkeypox is also being investigated in Broward County, South Florida, on Sunday, which state health officials said appeared to be related to international travel.

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

The smallpox vaccine works for monkeypox, Biden said. Asked if there were enough vaccines in the United States to spread the monkeypox, Biden said, “I think we have enough to deal with the possibility of a problem.”

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