California man infected with COVID-19 and monkeypox

A California man contracted COVID-19 and monkeypox at the same time – a double dose of misery that left him flat for weeks.

Mitcho Thompson, of Sebastopol, told NBC Bay Area he originally tested positive for the coronavirus in late June. He felt decimated by the virus, but then began noticing small red lesions on his back, legs, arms and neck.

“The doctor was absolutely certain I had monkeypox and I had both,” Thompson told the station in an exclusive report. “Because that was the question. Can I have them at the same time? And he said, ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ »

Thompson said the twin viruses made her feel like she had a severe case of the flu. He also had fever, labored breathing, chills, body aches and skin lesions.

“Really sick,” Thompson recalled. “And the worst was honestly where I could barely get out of bed, and you could barely drink a glass of water.”

An infectious disease specialist from Stanford University has confirmed that it is possible for a person to be infected with both viruses simultaneously.

“It’s certainly not impossible for this to happen,” Dr. Dean Winslow told the station. “It’s just unbelievably bad luck. They are very different viruses.

More than 2,400 cases of monkeypox have been reported nationwide as part of an international outbreak that began two months ago. The virus is mainly spread through skin-to-skin contact, but it can also be transmitted through laundry used by an infected person.

Some 778 people had been infected in New York City as of Thursday, city officials said.

“Cases in New York are increasing, and there are likely many more cases that have not been diagnosed,” reads the NYC Health website. “Anyone can catch and spread monkeypox. Current cases are mainly spreading among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

The disease was relatively mild for many men and resulted in no deaths in the United States.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press “we still have the opportunity” to contain monkeypox because vaccine stocks will soon increase.

While around 2,000 doses were available when the outbreak was first identified in the United States in May, Walensky said the government had distributed more than 191,000 doses this week – 160,000 of which are ready to go. shipped and up to 780,000 doses will be available next week. .

Thompson, meanwhile, told NBC Bay Area that he was finally on the mend after his dual “COVID monkey” infections.

With post wires

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