Orange County monkeypox victim shares fight against virus

Recent confirmed cases of monkeypox in Central Florida brought the state’s total number of infections to 371 as of Friday, the fourth-highest in the nation. With more than 5,000 confirmed cases in the U.S., a west Orange County resident fears more victims could be in Central Florida. RELATED: Local doctors urge vigilance as Florida sees new cases of monkeypox She wanted to protect her privacy in an interview with WESH 2. “I don’t know how to report the testing numbers when it’s so difficult to get tested,” he said. “So I turned to WESH because I felt like I was kind of an unknown warrior.” He and his partner stayed at the hotel two weeks ago on a trip. A week later, when the rash was found on her body, she thought about the sheets she and her partner had shared in the hotel. The red spots prompted me to go to the emergency room, he said. They didn’t give any instructions, they basically said, “Oh, it’ll go away on its own.” “Those paramedics told him he had monkeypox. RELATED: First monkeypox confirmed in Volusia County, health officials say ‘I found out later.’ testing is just a swab,” he said. “Then I asked if I had to pay to go to the emergency room, and they said, ‘Yeah, you have to.’ My bill was like $500 to go to the emergency room, so I thought, ‘I know it’s monkey pox.'” after going to help, he said that his fever worsened and he had night sweats. Monkeypox is not fatal and causes flu-like symptoms. Rashes, pimples, or blisters may appear all over the body. You can spread the virus by sharing unwashed bedding with someone who has the virus. “In the genital area,” he said. “And it’s incredibly painful, and I want to know when they’re going to stop, but they still like it — and I noticed something else in my hand right before that call.” RELATED: Health officials: Florida nearly 10% of U.S. monkeypox cases, local doctors say virus spreads mostly among men who have sex with men can happen to you, so if you’re a man who has sex with other men, know that’s true.” While the risk of infection remains low, he worries the virus could become a bigger threat. “I think the county and especially the federal government needs to be more aware of that. , because like COVID-19, it can get out of control very quickly,” he said. “I had COVID-19. So far, I like it better than COVID-19.” Monkeypox vaccines cleared by the Food and Drug Administration recently became available to US health departments.

Recent confirmed cases of monkeypox in Central Florida brought the state’s total number of infections to 371 as of Friday, the fourth-highest in the nation.

More than 5,000 cases have been confirmed in the US

A resident of west Orange County, which has been hit by the virus, fears more victims may be in Central Florida.

RELATED: As Florida Sees New Monkey Pox Infections, Local Doctors Urge Surveillance

She wanted to protect her privacy in an interview with WESH 2.

– I don’t know how [the health department is] Reporting the testing numbers when the actual testing is very difficult,” she said. “So I turned to WESH because I felt like I was kind of an unknown warrior.”

He and his partner stayed at the hotel while traveling two weeks ago. A week later, when the rash was found on her body, she thought about the sheets she and her partner had shared in the hotel.

The red spots prompted me to go to the emergency room, he said. They didn’t give any instructions, they basically said, “Oh, it’ll go away on its own.”

He said the emergency room told him he had monkeypox.

RELATED: First case of monkeypox confirmed in Volusia County, health officials say

“I found out later that the test was actually a swab test,” she said. “Then I asked if I had to pay to go to the emergency room, and they said, ‘yeah, you have to pay.’ My copay for the emergency room is $500, so I thought I knew it was monkeypox.”

After going to the emergency room, the man said his fever got worse and he had night sweats.

Monkeypox is not fatal and causes flu-like symptoms. Rashes, pimples, or blisters may appear all over the body. You can spread the virus if you sleep on unwashed sheets of an infected person.

“Yes, I have a cluster, I tell you, it’s in the genital area,” he said. “It’s very painful, I want to know when these will stop, but they still love – before this call I noticed something else in my hand. [bump].”

RELATED: Health officials: Florida has nearly 10% of U.S. monkeypox cases

According to local doctors, the virus has so far spread among men who have sex with men.

“I have been married to my partner for more than 20 years, and we have not had sex with other people. “It can happen to anyone, so if you’re a man who has sex with other men, know that this is true.”

While the risk of infection remains low, he fears the virus could become a major threat.

“I think the county and especially the federal government needs to be more aware of this because like COVID-19, it can get out of hand very quickly,” he said. “I have COVID-19. For now, I love being COVID-19 [monkeypox].”

Some monkeypox vaccines cleared by the Food and Drug Administration have recently become available to US health departments.

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