A Philadelphia man with monkeypox shares his story as cases rise in the Delaware Valley

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Cases of monkeypox are on the rise throughout the Delaware Valley and across the country.

Larry Jackson III, 29, of North Philadelphia, said that after multiple doctor visits he recently found out he had monkeypox.

“It still hurts, like some of the punches hurt,” Jackson said.

He said it has been a painful struggle for days.

Jackson is now staying home for three weeks hoping the virus will run its course. But, at first, he said he wasn’t sure what made him so sick.

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“Swollen lymph node, my throat was swollen, my body ached,” Jackson said.

As of August 1, Philadelphia had 82 confirmed cases of monkeypox, according to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

There have been 170 confirmed cases in Pennsylvania, 155 in New Jersey and five in Delaware, according to the CDC.

A doctor told Action News that the number of cases both locally and across the country is increasing.

“I think that’s why most health care providers are taking it seriously. We’re being proactive about testing people now that the availability of testing has increased significantly in recent weeks,” said Eric Sachinwalla. , medical director for infection prevention, Einstein Healthcare Network. .

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He said it’s important to control symptoms.

“Stay home, talk to your health care provider, they can probably guide you on the best way to get tested,” Sachinwalla said.

He added that if you’ve been exposed but don’t have symptoms, “you don’t have to self-quarantine, but contact the health department, especially if you know the other person has monkeypox because they might be eligible for a vaccine.”

On Wednesday, eight more cases were confirmed in Bucks County.

Jeanne Franklin, director of the Chester County Health Department, said they have enough vaccine for now.

“But we don’t know what this is going to look like, in terms of how fast it’s going to spread and how many close contacts we’re going to have,” Franklin said.

She said any time the county is able to order more vaccines, they will.

“Right now, the vaccine is prioritized for subsequent exposure, so those close contacts. We would love to have enough vaccine to do the pre-exposure, which we just aren’t there,” Franklin said.

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