NEWS & ANALYSIS

Biden Says ‘Everybody Should be Concerned’ About Monkeypox


Just as the nationwide fear of COVID-19 is finally starting to simmer, Joe Biden said on Sunday that “everybody should be concerned” about monkeypox. 

Indeed, as reported by Just the News, Biden’s announcement came after the World Health Organization confirmed more than 80 cases worldwide. 

Biden told reporters that his health advisors have not yet informed him about the “level of exposure,” but that monkeypox is something “that everybody should be concerned about.” 

“But it is a concern in the sense that if it were to spread, it’s consequential. That’s all they have told me,” he said. 

The CDC announced last week that a U.S. resident tested positive for monkeypox after traveling to Canada. The agency is also monitoring several monkeypox clusters reported over the last few weeks in Europe and North America, where the virus is not typically reported.

“We’re working on it hard to figure out what we do and what vaccine, if any, may be available for it,” Biden said.

Monkeypox is similar to a more mild form of smallpox. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes and a rash with lesions, according to the CDC.