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 these cases are women.
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Channel 2’s Audrey Washington spoke with the first Georgia woman to contract the virus.
“I am in the healing phase. As you can see my face is starting to scab over,” Camille Seaton said. “I saw bumps popping and I’m not kidding, in that same painting and just thought it was an escape.”
Seaton said the breakout, as well as the headaches, chills and fatigue did not go away.
She went to the emergency room and was tested.
“I waited for the results and it was positive. I had monkeypox,” Seaton said.
Infectious disease doctors have said those currently most affected by the virus are gay or bisexual men.
Doctors also said anyone could contract the virus through close contact.
Seaton is a cashier and thinks she probably caught monkeypox at work.
“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 said.
Washington spoke to Dr. Jayne Morgan, executive director of the COVID-19 task force for Piedmont Healthcare Corporation, and asked her how transmissible the virus is and what, in addition to getting vaccinated, people can do to stay safe from monkeypox.
“You can get it by sharing towels and sharing sheets, if the person who used the towel or slept in that bed is infected with monkeypox virus,” Morgan said. “Normal cleaning and disinfection processes should be maintained.”
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Seaton said she wants anyone who hears her story to take the virus seriously.
“These scars will fade, but you’ll notice it forever,” Seaton said.
Seaton is still isolated and out of work. She started a GoFundMe account to help with expenses.
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