Georgia woman with monkeypox says she didn’t do anything sexual to contract the virus

A Georgia woman who caught monkeypox while working as a cashier says she ‘didn’t do anything sexual to get it’.

As of August 4, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 26,519 confirmed cases of monkeypox worldwide, including 7,102 in the United States.

Cases of monkeypox continue to be concentrated within the gay community, among men who have sex with men. Experts keep repeating, however, that the cases are not exclusive to the gay community – the virus is spread through direct physical contact with an infected person, meaning anyone can catch it.

One of those people is Camille Seaton, the first Georgia woman to catch the virus. In Georgia, there have been more than 500 cases of monkeypox, with WSB-TV reporting that four of them are female.

Seaton is a cashier and believes she caught the virus while working, WSB-TV reported.

“I just want you all to know that I didn’t do anything sexual to get this disease. This thing is spreading. It’s here,” Seaton told the outlet.

Seaton said she saw “bumps forming” on her face and at first she just thought it was acne. Monkeypox usually causes lesions all over the body.

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Along with the lesions that developed on his face, Seaton experienced fatigue, headaches and chills, which are other common symptoms associated with monkeypox.

It was then that she decided to get tested.

“I waited for the results and it was positive. I had monkeypox,” Seatons told WSB-TV. Seaton is now in the “healing stage” and the lesions are “starting to scab over”.

On August 4, the Biden administration declared the spread of monkeypox a public health emergency.

Professor Eyal Leshem, an infectious disease specialist and director of the Center for Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Sheba Medical Center, said Newsweek that despite the monkeypox state of emergency, experts do not believe restrictions and mask mandates will be necessary at this stage.

“Are we going to find this COVID outbreak different in many ways, first of all, the mode of infection is close person-to-person contact, primarily through skin contact with lesions that are inherently different from respiratory viruses such as COVID,” Leshem said.

“We don’t think a general recommendation for respiratory precautions such as masking will be implemented in this case because you really don’t need the whole population wearing a mask to prevent transmission.

“What you need is rapid identification of cases and identified close contacts and quarantine in case lesions develop. And we need a lot of communication and health messages to target populations at risk.”

Leshem said the state of emergency will help “harmonize” a response to the virus.

Newsweek has contacted Seaton for comment.

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