Woman launches flight after eczema thought to be monkeypox

Jack Alban


Posted August 6, 2022 Updated August 6, 2022 11:57 AM CDT

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s difficult not to be a little apprehensive when alarms are sounding about a potentially life-threatening new infectious disease. When news of monkeypox began circulating in news outlets and then social media posts with pictures of blisters, bumps and skin lesions on people’s bodies, many people were concerned.

Because monkeypox is associated with such visceral imagery, it was only a matter of time before other skin conditions such as eczema would be mistaken for monkeypox by the untrained eye. At least, TikToker Jacqueline (@jacqueline.ngu) said that’s what happened to her when she was kicked off a flight because it was suspected she might be carrying the variant smallpox virus.

@jacqueline.ngu Misinformation leads to discrimination/hostility. Anyone with a visibly non-contagious skin condition was expecting this #monkeypox#eczema ♬ I’m Peppa Pig – funny

In a caption for the now-viral clip, TikToker wrote, “Misinformation breeds discrimination/hostility. Anyone with a non-contagious skin condition expected this #monkeypox#eczema.”

Jacqueline explains via text overlay that she was forced off the plane before being asked about her skin condition.

“They let me and my wife get off the plane in front of everyone to ask me about the eczema I’ve had all my life,” she wrote of the 8-second clip, in which she clearly despaired at the situation was. “They asked me to provide medical documents and told my wife to watch her posture. I have never been so humiliated in my life.”

The CDC defines monkeypox as “a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. The monkeypox virus belongs to the same virus family as the variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but are milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.”

The agency says the first recorded case of monkeypox “occurred in 1958, when two outbreaks of a smallpox-like disease occurred in monkey colonies maintained for research purposes.” Although the name is associated with monkeys, it is still unknown where or how the disease originated.

The first time a human was ever infected with it was in 1970, and prior to the 2022 cases that gained international attention, there were multiple reports of monkeypox cases in West African countries, with most other cases outside that region occurring in people who had Regions that import animals traveled internationally.

Regarding the symptoms, the CDC says, “People with monkeypox get a rash that can be on or near the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or the anus (asshole), and other places like the hands may occur , feet, chest, face, or mouth.”

The CDC notes that those infected with monkeypox get a rash that can be on or near the genitals, hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth. The rash progresses through various stages, eventually scabbing before healing.

Jacqueline called the Spirit airline, which removed her from her flight, in the comments section of the post because she hadn’t researched the difference between eczema and monkeypox. “@Spirit Airlines may teach your employees what monkeypox looks like before you catch hundreds of medical discrimination cases,” she wrote.

Several users who saw her post responded with their own cases of discrimination based on skin conditions.

“As an adult with cystic acne I was scared, I tried so hard to cover it up out of fear. Sorry this had to happen to you :(” wrote one user.

“People used to bully me because they thought my eczema was contagious and I’m afraid it will happen again,” troubled another.

“I’m waiting for this to happen to me,” said a third. “I also have eczema and the sun actually makes me break out.”

Another TikToker added: “I have eczema HS [Hidradenitis suppurativa]and cystic acne, the trifecta, looking like I have monkeypox and I’m scared.

“It’s going to be a long pants, long sleeve summer for the psoriasis/eczema crew,” suggested one viewer.

Others were outraged by Spirit’s request to provide on-site medical records.

“I have psoriasis… the idea of ​​this happening in an airport… how would you suddenly present documentation? As if no one would wear that,” argued a third.

“You can’t just ask for medical records without stating it’s required before flying,” claimed another TikToker. “It’s going to be a mess. I’m sorry you experienced that.”

The Daily Dot reached out to @jacqueline.ngu on TikTok and Spirit Airlines via email and TikTok for further comment.

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*Initial publication: August 6, 2022 at 11:56 am CDT

Jack Alban

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