On Thursday, the Biden Administration declared the monkeypox virus a public health emergency.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 6,000 cases nationwide.
In Georgia, there are 504 cases. Four of those cases are women.
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Channel 2’s Audrey Washington spoke to the first woman in Georgia to contract the virus.
“I am in the healing stages. As you can see, my face is starting to scab over,” said Camille Seaton. “I saw bumps and I’m not kidding, in this very matrix and I thought it was an outbreak.”
Seaton said the outbreak, along with the headaches, chills and fatigue did not go away.
He went to the emergency room and got tested.
“I waited for the results and it was positive. I had monkeypox,” Seaton said.
Infectious disease doctors said those currently most affected by the virus are gay or bisexual men.
Doctors also said that anyone can get the virus through close contact.
Seaton is a cashier and thinks she probably caught monkeypox at work.
“I just want you to know that I didn’t do anything sexual to get this disease. This thing is spreading. It’s here,” Seaton said.
Washington spoke with Dr. Jayne Morgan, executive director of the COVID-19 Task Force at Piedmont Healthcare Corporation, asking her how transmissible the virus is and what people can do, in addition to getting vaccinated, to stay free of smallpox. bow.
“You can get it from sharing towels and bedding, if the person who used the towel or slept on that bed is infected with the monkeypox virus,” Morgan said. “Normal cleaning and disinfecting processes should be maintained.”
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Seaton said he wants anyone who hears his story to take the virus seriously.
“These scars will fade, but you will always notice them,” Seaton said.
Seaton is still isolated and out of work. she started a GoFundMe account to help with expenses.
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