Mitcho Thompson, a cannabis seller in Sevastopol, says he was infected with COVID and monkeypox at the same time.  He is pictured above at home

‘Incredibly unlucky’: California man says he caught Covid AND monkeypox at the same time

A man in California says he was infected with COVID and monkeypox at the same time in the first known case in America.

Mitcho Thompson, a cannabis seller in Sevastopol, tested positive for the virus in late June after feeling “devastated”. A few days later, red lesions erupted on his back, legs, arms and neck, which he said was diagnosed by doctors as monkeypox.

Thompson was bedridden for weeks as difficulty breathing and chills left him barely able to get up to fetch water.

Dr. Dean Winslow, an infectious disease expert at Stanford University, said it’s possible for a person to be infected with both viruses at once. He said Thompson had “unbelievably bad luck”.

It comes as the US monkeypox tally hits 2,593 cases – the second highest tally in the world, second only to Spain, which has 3,125 cases.

Mitcho Thompson, a cannabis seller in Sevastopol, says he was infected with COVID and monkeypox at the same time. He is pictured above at home

Pictured is a lesion caused by monkeypox on Thompson

Above is a lesion on Thompsons leg caused by monkeypox

He tested positive for COVID in late June after feeling unwell. But a few days later, lesions broke out in his back, legs, arms and neck, which doctors diagnosed as monkeypox.

Thompson — who also has a pet cat — revealed her diagnosis of both illnesses during an interview with NBC Bay Area.

He told the broadcaster: ‘COVID was the first, and that’s what made it really weird because I didn’t really realize I had monkeypox until I started to burst [in lesions].

“The doctor was quite sure I had monkeypox and I had both.

US has ‘opportunity’ to contain monkeypox, CDC insists as caseload rises to second highest in the world

America still has the “opportunity” to contain monkeypox, the CDC director insisted as the number of cases soared to the second highest in the world.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in an interview today that the government’s response is getting stronger every day.

She added: “I think we still have the opportunity to contain this.”

But his comments come as the United States recorded another 270 infections, bringing its total to 2,593.

It is the second highest in the world, behind only Spain which has recorded more than 3,000.

America’s response to the outbreak has been slow from the start, with the CDC taking weeks to get the tests up and running.

At the start of the epidemic, he was doing less than 100 a day.

The federal government has also been criticized for not rapidly rolling out vaccines, which public health experts say helped slow the spread of the virus.

“It was the question, could I have them both at the same time, and he said ‘yes, yes, yes’.’

Thompson said the two viruses left him feeling “really sick”.

“And the worst, honestly, was just when I could barely get out of bed, and you could barely drink a glass of water.”

A COVID infection triggers flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath and muscle aches.

A monkeypox infection also triggers these warning signs in the early stages, which then turn into a rash that spreads through the body.

However, Thompson said he tested positive for COVID, ruling out the possibility that his flu symptoms were just the result of monkeypox.

It was unclear how Thompson got monkeypox or COVID, or what treatments he received.

Health authorities are offering antivirals like Paxlovid to COVID patients to help fight their infection, and vaccines to those who test positive for monkeypox that they say can reduce symptoms.

When asked if it was possible to catch COVID and monkeypox at the same time, Winslow said: ‘It’s definitely not impossible for it to happen, it’s just, you know, unbelievably bad luck.

“But they are very different viruses.

“Monkeypox belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox.

“One of the small advantages of monkeypox is that it is transmitted almost exclusively by very close contact and not necessarily by sexual contact, but certainly by very close contact.

Monkeypox belongs to the family of orthopox viruses, which tend to trigger skin rashes in those they infect.

On the other hand, COVID is part of the family of coronaviruses – which take their name from the spike proteins that surround them “like a crown”.

Another key difference is that COVID is transmitted primarily through airborne droplets, whereas monkeypox only does so in very rare cases, when there is “sustained” face-to-face contact.

It came as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) insisted America still had the ‘opportunity’ to contain monkeypox.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in an interview Friday that the government’s response is getting stronger every day.

“I think we still have the opportunity to contain this,” she said.

But his comments came as the number of cases in the United States rose to second in the world, and after other experts warned that the disease is now likely out of control.

America’s response to the outbreak has been slow from the start, with the CDC taking weeks to get the tests up and running.

At the start of the epidemic, he was doing less than 100 a day.

The federal government has also been criticized for not rapidly rolling out vaccines, which public health experts say helped slow the spread of the virus.

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