A Texas man has described his ‘traumatic’ battle with monkeypox as more than 2,000 cases are documented across the United States.
The patient, Luke Shannahan, told KHOU 11 in Houston that his ordeal began after the Dallas Health Department informed him that he had been exposed to the virus.
“I was in bars. I used to go to pool parties. I attended a music event this weekend and recently all of these people came out positive,” Shannahan reportedly said. “Apparently it was a contact tracing phone call.”
Shannahan said he had spent the past three weeks in quarantine battling symptoms he described as “complete hell”
“You have these blisters that are inflamed and every time they brush against something or touch something, you literally feel like someone is taking a potato peeler from you,” Luke told the station.
“All the pain was just constant,” the patient reportedly said.
Shannahan told NBC DFW that his monkeypox symptoms were “100 times worse” than the coronavirus, which he was infected with last summer.
He was able to get vaccinated against monkeypox, which is accompanied by a rash with blisters all over his body and swollen lymph nodes.
“It was the most traumatic experience I have ever had. He is the worst patient I have ever been,” he told KHOU 11.
The infection, which spreads through bodily fluids and prolonged contact, has spread widely among gay men, but Texas just reported its first case in a woman, according to the outlet.
“It’s definitely something we need to pay attention to. It’s not just a gay disease, it’s not something that only affects gay men who have sex with men. It’s definitely something that can affect everyone,” LGBTQ attorney Austin Davis Ruiz told KHOU 11.
There have been just over 2,000 recorded cases in the country, the CDC reported Tuesday. New York had 581 cases – the most in the United States.
Monkeypox is much less contagious than COVID-19, health officials say.
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