A woman believed to have fallen ill after a close encounter with an escaped monkey has insisted she is “not sick” and is worried that people think she has “a monkey virus”, according to her story of the incident was blown up in the media.
In a speech to the Daily Item, Michele Fallon dismissed media reports about her health, saying she had received rabies injections and antibiotics as a precaution.
“I want people to know that I’m not sick no matter what they read, which has been published in the media,” she told the magazine, explaining that she had been exposed to people who had been tested positive with COVID-19 at some point. birthday party Friday night, which could explain why she experienced flu-like symptoms after the incident with the monkey, which took place hours earlier.
Fallon was traveling on a highway in east central Pennsylvania when she came across an accident site. A trailer had collided with a dump truck, causing boxes of monkeys to be dumped along the roadway, so she stopped to check if the truck driver was okay.
In a Facebook post, Fallon explained that another person at the scene who had called 911 said there were cats in the boxes.
“So I went to check on the cats. I pulled back a green cloth. I could see it’s brown fur. So I said kitty kitty,” she remembered. “I stuck my finger inside to pat it. It made like a grunting sound. So I looked closer. And a monkey appeared and hissed at my face.”
It was later revealed that the monkeys were being transported to a laboratory in Missouri.
Shortly after the incident, Fallon said she was contacted by the CDC, who told her she was “at very low risk for something,” but recommended that she “be checked out anyway” because she began to feel uncomfortable. She went to a nearby hospital where a doctor said he would take precautions and gave her rabies injections and antibiotics.
“I’m worried. People think I have a monkey virus,” Fallon wrote on Facebook amid reports that this monkey species commonly spreads herpes virus B through saliva, feces or urine.
Geisinger Medical Center spokesman Joe Stender said the hospital followed the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
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