ATLANTA — It is a diagnosis that a 28-year-old Georgia resident, who did not want to be identified, says he still has his head wrapped around it.
“I couldn’t believe I got it,” he said.
He spoke to Ashli Lincoln of Channel 2 Action News exclusively through Zoom after being diagnosed with monkeypox virus by Emory doctors.
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“Now I’m here, and now I need treatment,” he said.
He says he suspects he got the virus from his job at Six Flags Over Georgia.
“It’s just the fact that a lot of people work there. Every day that we are active, many guests come in and out of the park,” he says.
Chanel 2 confirmed that the man is in fact an employee of Six Flags Over Georgia.
He says the park has done a great job with decontamination in recent months, but he suspects he may have touched a surface or object after a colleague was found to have the monkeypox virus.
“You can see it on the back of his neck. I didn’t touch him. I just walked beside him; I was near him. Is it that contagious? Is it on surfaces? Like, where is it?” he said.
The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal 851 confirmed cases in the state of Georgia.
As the numbers continue to rise, hundreds are lining up at vaccination events in the metro area.
This week, US health officials announced they would stretch the country’s limited supply of monkeypox vaccine by giving people just one-fifth of the full dose. This would expand the 440,000 full doses available to over 2 million smaller doses.
“It itches and they told me not to scratch. I can’t scratch,” said the Six Flags employee.
The Six Flags employee says he is alerting management. The amusement park sent us a statement Friday afternoon stating that they are not aware of any confirmed cases of monkey pox.
The state’s health ministry says 90% of cases are contracted through skin-to-skin contact.
However, the CDC says the virus can spread through fabrics and objects after touching these items behind an infected person.
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