PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Monkeypox cases are on the rise in the Delaware Valley and nationwide.
Larry Jackson III, 29, of North Philadelphia, said after multiple doctor visits he recently discovered he had monkey pox.
“It still hurts like some bumps hurt,” Jackson said.
He said it’s been a painful battle for days.
Jackson is now staying at home for three weeks in the hopes that the virus will run its course. But at first he said he wasn’t sure what was making him so sick.
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“Swollen lymph node, my throat was swollen, my body ached,” Jackson said.
According to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, as of August 1, Philadelphia had 82 confirmed cases of monkeypox.
According to the CDC, there are 170 confirmed cases in Pennsylvania, 155 in New Jersey and five in Delaware.
A doctor told Action News that the number of cases is increasing both locally and nationwide.
“I think that’s why most healthcare providers are taking it seriously. We’re proactive in testing people now that the availability of testing has really increased significantly in the past few weeks,” said Eric Sachinwalla, medical director for infection prevention, Einstein Healthcare Network . .
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He said it is important to monitor the symptoms.
“Stay at home, talk to your healthcare provider, they can probably help you with the best way to get tested,” Sachinwalla said.
He added if you’ve been exposed but don’t have any symptoms: “You don’t need to go into quarantine, but contact the Department of Health, especially if you know the other person has monkey pox because you may be eligible for it. a vaccine.”
Eight more cases were confirmed in Bucks County on Wednesday.
Jeanne Franklin, the director of the Chester County Health Department, said they have enough vaccines for now.
“But we don’t know what this will look like, such as in terms of how fast it will spread and how many close contacts we will have,” Franklin said.
She said when the county can order more vaccines, they will.
“Right now the vaccine is prioritized for post-exposure, so those close contacts. We’d like to have enough vaccine to do pre-exposure, which we’re just not there,” Franklin said.
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