“I can’t imagine I received this.” Six Flags employee contracts monkeypox

“I can’t believe I got this.” Six Flags worker contracts monkeypox

2022-08-15 02:05:31

ATLANTA — It’s a prognosis a 28-year-old Georgia resident, who didn’t wish to be recognized, says he’s nonetheless wrapping his head round.

“I couldn’t imagine I received it,” he mentioned.

He spoke to Channel 2’s Ashli Lincoln completely by Zoom after being identified with the monkeypox virus by medical doctors at Emory.

“Now I’m right here, and now I’ve to get handled,” he mentioned.

He says he suspects he received the virus from his job at Six Flags Over Georgia.

“It’s simply the truth that there are lots of people that work there. There are numerous visitors that come out and in of the park each day that we function,” he mentioned.

Channel 2 confirmed the person is, in truth, an worker with Six Flags Over Georgia.

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He says the park has completed an amazing job with sanitizing in latest months.

Transmission of monkeypox usually takes skin-to-skin or different shut contact to transmit, in accordance with the Georgia Division of Well being.

The DPH says touching gadgets like clothes or linens that beforehand touched the rash or physique fluids is a technique monkeypox spreads however has not been recognized as a typical mode of transmission on this outbreak or for monkeypox normally.

Passing encounters with cash, a door deal with, or environmental surfaces carry a good decrease threat than issues like bedding or towels, in accordance with the DPH.

The DPH says 90% of the circumstances are contracted by skin-to-skin contact.

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Newest numbers from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention reveal 851 confirmed circumstances within the state of Georgia.

Because the numbers proceed to climb, tons of are lining up at vaccination occasions throughout the metro space.

This week, U.S. well being officers introduced that they’d be stretching the nation’s restricted provide of the monkeypox vaccine by giving folks simply one-fifth of the total dose. Doing this might increase the 440,000 out there full doses to greater than 2 million smaller doses.

“It’s itchy, and so they informed me to not scratch. I can’t scratch,” mentioned the Six Flags worker.

The Six Flags worker says he’s within the means of alerting administration.

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The amusement park despatched Channel 2 a press release on Friday afternoon saying they’re unaware of any confirmed monkeypox circumstances.

That assertion was up to date on Saturday morning to say:

Six Flags Over Georgia maintains a stringent sanitation protocol, created with steering from our Board Licensed Infectious Illness guide. We additionally strictly adjust to HIPPA rules, and firm coverage mandates that any staff member that doesn’t really feel nicely ought to keep dwelling from work and notify their supervisor. Visitors are additionally suggested to plan their go to for one more day if they aren’t nicely.

Now we have been notified of a single confirmed prognosis of monkeypox. The staff member did the correct factor by staying dwelling.

The CDC experiences that monkeypox is transmitted by shut, private contact.

Now we have not been suggested, neither is there any proof, that the staff member got here involved with another staff member, and no proof that the staff member contracted the infectious illness at work. Additional, we’ve not acquired any experiences that another staff member has this illness.

We are going to stay vigilant in our ongoing, day-to-day efforts to supply secure, enjoyable, outside leisure for our visitors, and a secure work setting for our staff members. Security is, and all the time has been, our high precedence.

The state’s Division of Well being says 90% of the circumstances are contracted by skin-to-skin contact.

Nonetheless, the CDC says the virus can unfold by materials and objects after touching this stuff behind an contaminated particular person.


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