President Joe Biden stated that Monkeypox should concern everyone and that the US is investigating what vaccines and treatments are available.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported approximately 80 monkeypox cases worldwide, with roughly 50 additional suspected cases.
Smallpox-related cases have been reported in people who are from central or West Africa.
Sky News A leading doctor said that the UK is experiencing a “significant increase” of cases in the coming week with 20 confirmed infections.
Before boarding a plane to Japan, Mr Biden spoke in South Korea and said that US health officials were investigating possible treatments.
The US president stated that “it is something that everyone should be concerned about.”
“We are working hard to find out what we do and which vaccine, if any is available, for it.
“It’s a concern in the sense that it could spread and cause consequences.”
Monkeypox is a virus that originated in primates and wild animals and causes severe fever, body aches and fatigue in many patients.
Severe cases may cause a rash or lesions on the skin, hands, and other body parts.
This weekend saw new infections in North America and Europe, while Israel reported its first case of infection on Sunday.
Professor David Heymann, an infectious diseases specialist at the World Health Organisation said that he believes the virus entered the population in a “sexual form”.
He stated, “What seems to have happened now is that it is getting into the population as an sexual form, as well as a genital type, and is being transmitted as sexually transmitted infections, increasing its spread around the globe.”
Sky News was informed by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV president that she expects more cases of monkeypox to be identified in the UK over the next week.
Dr Claire Dewsnap stated: “What worries most is that there are infections throughout Europe, so this spreads already.”
“It is already circulating in the general population.
“It could be very significant numbers in the next two to three weeks.
“I expect a significant increase over the next week.”
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According to the UK Health Security Agency, a significant number of European and British cases have been reported in gay and bisexual men.
Most of the 30 confirmed cases in Spain were linked to a Madrid sauna.
No one has been confirmed to have died from the disease.
Dr Dewsnap stated that some health workers had received the smallpox vaccination, which is effective against monkeypox. Discussions are ongoing about administering doses to other “potentially risk groups”.