'This is real': Orange County monkeypox victim shares 'painful' battle against virus

‘This is real’: Orange County monkeypox victim shares ‘painful’ battle against virus

Recently confirmed monkeypox cases in Central Florida have pushed the state’s total infections to 371 as of Friday, the fourth highest in the nation. More than 5,000 cases are confirmed in the U.S. One western Orange County resident with the virus worries there could be more victims in Central Florida. RELATED: Local doctors urge vigilance as Florida sees new monkeypox infectionsHe wanted to protect his privacy during the interview with WESH 2. “I don’t know how reporting testing numbers when it’s very difficult to actually get tested,” he said. “So that’s why I reached out to WESH because I felt like I’m kind of an unknown soldier.”He and his partner stopped at a hotel while they were on a roadtrip two weeks ago. A week later when he found rashes on his body, he thought about the sheets he and his partner slept in at the hotel. The red marks were concerning so that’s what led me to go to urgent care,” he said. “They didn’t tell me I had to isolate by the way. They provided no guidance they basically said, ‘Oh, this will just go away on its own.'”He said urgent care told him he had monkeypox. RELATED: First monkeypox case confirmed in Volusia County, health officials say”I learned later that testing is actually just a swab test,” he said. “Then I inquired do I have to pay my copay to go to the emergency room and then they said ‘Yes, you have to pay your copay.’ My copay is like $500 to go to the emergency room so I was like I think I know this is monkeypox.”The man said after his visit to urgent care, he developed a fever, malaise and night sweats.Monkeypox is not deadly and causes flu-like symptoms. A rash, pimples or blisters may develop all over the body. Laying on unwashed sheets of someone who has the virus could pass it on.”Well, the thing is I have a cluster and I’ll tell you it’s in the genital area,” he said. “And it is extraordinarily painful, and I wish I knew when these would stop but they still like – right before this call I noticed on my hand I got another .”RELATED: Health officials: Florida has nearly 10% of all U.S. monkeypox casesLocal doctors say so far, the virus has mainly spread between men who have sex with men.”I’ve been married for over 20 years with my partner and we have not had sex with other people,” he said. “This can happen to anybody, so if you are a male having sex with other men, know that this is real.”While the risk of exposure remains low, he worries the virus could become a greater threat. “I think the county and especially the federal government needs to get a better grasp on this because like COVID-19, this can get out of control very quickly,” he said. “I’ve had COVID-19. By far I rather have COVID-19 than .”Some monkeypox vaccines cleared by the Food and Drug Administration were recently made available to health departments in the U.S.

Recently confirmed monkeypox cases in Central Florida have pushed the state’s total infections to 371 as of Friday, the fourth highest in the nation.

More than 5,000 cases are confirmed in the U.S.

One western Orange County resident with the virus worries there could be more victims in Central Florida.

RELATED: Local doctors urge vigilance as Florida sees new monkeypox infections

He wanted to protect his privacy during the interview with WESH 2.

“I don’t know how [the health department is] reporting testing numbers when it’s very difficult to actually get tested,” he said. “So that’s why I reached out to WESH because I felt like I’m kind of an unknown soldier.”

He and his partner stopped at a hotel while they were on a roadtrip two weeks ago. A week later when he found rashes on his body, he thought about the sheets he and his partner slept in at the hotel.

The red marks were concerning so that’s what led me to go to urgent care,” he said. “They didn’t tell me I had to isolate by the way. They provided no guidance they basically said, ‘Oh, this will just go away on its own.'”

He said urgent care told him he had monkeypox.

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

“I learned later that testing is actually just a swab test,” he said. “Then I inquired do I have to pay my copay to go to the emergency room and then they said ‘Yes, you have to pay your copay.’ My copay is like $500 to go to the emergency room so I was like I think I know this is monkeypox.”

The man said after his visit to urgent care, he developed a fever, malaise and night sweats.

Monkeypox is not deadly and causes flu-like symptoms. A rash, pimples or blisters may develop all over the body. Laying on unwashed sheets of someone who has the virus could pass it on.

“Well, the thing is I have a cluster and I’ll tell you it’s in the genital area,” he said. “And it is extraordinarily painful, and I wish I knew when these would stop but they still like – right before this call I noticed on my hand I got another [bump].”

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

Local doctors say so far, the virus has mainly spread between men who have sex with men.

“I’ve been married for over 20 years with my partner and we have not had sex with other people,” he said. “This can happen to anybody, so if you are a male having sex with other men, know that this is real.”

While the risk of exposure remains low, he worries the virus could become a greater threat.

“I think the county and especially the federal government needs to get a better grasp on this because like COVID-19, this can get out of control very quickly,” he said. “I’ve had COVID-19. By far I rather have COVID-19 than [monkeypox].”

Some monkeypox vaccines cleared by the Food and Drug Administration were recently made available to health departments in the U.S.

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