Woman with ‘extremely painful’ monkey pox says she was not offered vaccine or antiviral treatment

Camille Seaton documents monkey pox

Camille Seaton documents monkey pox

Camille Seaton

Despite recovering from monkey pox, Camille Seaton hesitates to leave home for long periods, delivering groceries and food home.

The Georgia resident’s journey with the virus began on July 11, when she noticed several lumps forming on her face, assuming it was acne and disregarding it. “But that night they already paled. So I knew something was up, ”says 20-year-old Seaton PEOPLE.

After more lumps quickly appeared on her face, Seaton went to the hospital on July 16 for laboratory tests. She found out a few days later that she had a confirmed case of monkey pox – one of the first in her condition – and what she thought was acne was actually lesions. She says she believes she contracted the virus by constantly handling her money at the local gas station where she works.

“I was touching a lot of money. The mask regulations were abolished, so we didn’t wear any masks. I wasn’t wearing any gloves, ”explains Seaton. “I just wasn’t careful and touched my face and body and I am subconsciously carrying a whole bunch of germs.”

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Camille Seaton documents monkey pox

Camille Seaton documents monkey pox

Camille Seaton

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Monkey pox is transmitted through skin contact, however experts say it can also be spread through large respiratory droplets. According to Dr. Linda Yancey, an infectious disease specialist at the Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, there is an “absolute possibility” of transmitting monkey pox through objects such as money, as the virus can survive several days in the environment.

“So monkey pox is the sibling of chicken pox … It can absolutely be transmitted that way,” says Yancey PEOPLE. “Indeed, one case in the US was a woman who was exposed to bedding. He makes a living cleaning Airbnbs. So any items that require a lot of contact, such as money, door handles, shopping carts, have the potential to be moved. “

Seaton says she didn’t know anything about monkey pox until she got sick, and that her symptoms quickly worsened during her isolation at home. Along with the lesions, there was fever, rash, headache, fatigue, pain in joints and muscles.

“It was inconvenient. I cleaned everything, you know how to wash your hands every 15 minutes, ”says Seaton. “The lesions on my face appeared first, and the lumps remained on my face for a full week and a half. And as my face started to heal, lumps started to appear on my body. “

“I have a lot on my hands so it was hard for me to do anything with my own hands,” he adds. “I couldn’t hold the phone. There was nothing I could do at home. I couldn’t even fold my clothes. It was very painful.

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Camille Seaton documents monkey pox

Camille Seaton documents monkey pox

Camille Seaton

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Seaton explains that overcoming her symptoms was just a game of waiting as she was not offered a vaccine.

Monkey pox is preventable with Jynneos’s smallpox vaccine, which the CDC says may also be effective once a person has been diagnosed. Together with the vaccine, doctors also used antiviral drugs such as tecovirimat (TPOXX) for monkey pox in patients who were more likely to have severe disease.

Although the medical staff were unable to provide Seaton with any antiviral treatment, she was prescribed amoxicillin and steroids because she was also diagnosed with angina. In the case of monkey pox, the doctors simply gave her Tylenol to fight the fever.

“The healing process in monkey pox varies from two to four weeks, some people feel fine within a week, some people are fine after two weeks, some take a full four weeks. In my case, it took me three and a half weeks to heal, ”she continues.

Camille Seaton documents monkey pox

Camille Seaton documents monkey pox

Camille Seaton

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“I was in touch with someone at the CDC and she was with me throughout the process,” notes Seaton. “I checked out with her and sent pictures every time something changed until I was healed.”

After staying at home for weeks, Seaton was cleansed on Aug. 1 after CDC officials said it “has officially stopped being contagious.” However, after recovering, she still has reservations and is uncomfortable bringing her 3-year-old daughter back home.

Seaton tells PEOPLE she has had a few “difficult and emotional” weeks and encourages others to return to wearing masks and gloves, admitting that she wants the state to “shut us up again”.

“It really attacks you and it affects you. It is very, very painful. I want people to know it’s here and it’s spreading. It’s not a joke, ”says Seaton. “I can do my best for the scars … they’ll go away, but you’ll always notice they’re there.”

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