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The NewsWorthy
Aug 6, 2022
Special Edition: ‘I had monkeypox’ - Patient & Epidemiologist Explain
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Monkeypox is now a public health emergency here in the United States. At last check, the U.S. had recorded about 7,000 cases around the country. Today you’ll hear directly from someone who had monkeypox.

Dr. Jon, who prefers not to share his last name, is a primary care doctor in Chicago with a massive social media following on TikTok and Instagram under the handle @thatgaydoctor. He’s sharing about his symptoms, how he thinks he may have been exposed to the virus, and why he thinks it’s important to talk about it.

Then later, we’ll speak with Dr. Katrine Wallace, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago who has also been volunteering at a monkeypox vaccination clinic. You may know her as @epidemiologistkat on social media. She explains where it came from and what activities are more or less likely to spread the disease.

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