Ohio man shares experience battling monkeypox, CPH expects more vaccines in August

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – As Columbus Public Health (CPH) prepares for more monkeypox cases and more monkeypox vaccine doses, a Columbus man shares his experience with the virus.

“It’s not a storm you want to ride out,” Nick Post said. “That’s pretty good.”

His symptoms began with a headache earlier in July. He developed other flu-like symptoms and possibly an injury. He was later tested for monkey pox and says he came back positive. Then the symptoms got worse. His lymph nodes were extremely swollen and sometimes he was in a lot of pain.

“There were definitely nights where I just couldn’t sleep at all,” he said. “My legs at one point felt like I couldn’t even walk, like that was really bad. It’s not something you want to get at all. And it can leave a mark permed.

Post is pushing for increased availability of vaccines so others don’t have to go through what he has. The offer is limited nationwide. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) expects the state to receive more vaccines in the coming weeks and months, according to a spokesperson.

At present, CPH Commissioner Dr Mysheika Roberts says there is only enough to vaccinate close contacts of those who test positive. She expects CPH to get more supply in August.

“We are preparing for more cases, but more importantly we are preparing for more vaccines so that we can vaccinate those most at risk before they are exposed to monkeypox to hopefully reduce their risk of contract monkeypox,” Dr. Roberts said. “Unfortunately, this will not be enough to cover the community at risk, but it will provide some protection.”

While doctors say the risk to the general population is low, cases are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map shows 17 cases in Ohio. Ten of those cases are in Franklin County, according to CPH.

The physical effects aren’t the only ones Post is recovering from. He has to be in person for work but hasn’t been able to get in for a few weeks due to the virus.

“It’s like the icing on the cake, too, so I’m going to figure out afterwards how I’m going to get my finances back where I need them,” he said in a GoFundMe chat. , he began to help cover the time he missed at work.

Post says he was just told this week that he is no longer contagious and is now discussing with his boss when he can return to work.

Dr. Roberts says that most people recover from monkeypox. She says two of the Franklin County cases were hospitalized because of the pain.

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