Health officials in Florida are investigating a “suspected” case of monkeypox, the third reported in the United States.
The monkeypox case was reported in Broward County and appears to be linked to international travel, officials said.
Cases of the infectious disease have also been reported in New York City and Massachusetts.
Addressing the growing international outbreak on Sunday, President Joe Biden warned “everyone” not to worry about the spread of monkeypox.
“They haven’t told me the level of exposure yet, but it’s something everyone should be concerned about,” he told reporters on Air Force One as he traveled from South Korea to Japan.
Mr Biden said US officials are “working hard to figure out what we’re doing and what vaccine, if any, might be available for it.”
His comments went against advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which had called for calm.
More than 190 people in 16 countries are believed to have contracted the disease, which spreads from primates to humans.
US rushes to secure up to 13 million doses of vaccine
Biotech company Bavarian Nordic announced this week that the US government has placed a $119 million order for its Jynneos vaccine.
Another $180 million is also ready and waiting for more vaccines if or when needed, allowing the country in total to procure 13 million doses for the American people.
On Wednesday, a Massachusetts man who had just returned from Canada became the first US suspected case of the infectious disease.
A patient from New York City became the first confirmed case in the United States on Thursday. Their tests were sent to the CDC for further evaluation.
The CDC has warned doctors and public health officials to be on the lookout for patients with monkeypox symptoms and to report those cases to the CDC.
CDC official Jennifer McQuiston stressed that the public “should not be concerned” about the sudden increase in infections with the rare disease and that the risk remains low.
Experts say the early symptoms are similar to those of the flu, with fever and chills being common. But this can develop into a painful rash that spreads to the face, body, soles of the feet, and the inside of the mouth.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/monkeypox-virus-outbreak-cases-florida-b2085283.html Florida health officials are investigating the third ‘suspected’ case of monkeypox in the US