Luke Shannahan, who lives in Dallas, said monkey pox left him with blisters so painful he felt like someone was wearing a potato peeler on his skin every time he rubbed himself against something.

‘Complete hell’: Texas man says monkeypox is ‘100 times worse’ than Covid

A man in Texas has warned monkeypox was ‘complete hell’ and ‘100 times worse than Covid’ after catching it – as cases in the US topped 2,000.

Luke Shannahan, who works as a bartender in Dallas, revealed in an interview that the illness left him suffering from a 101F fever, headaches and swollen lymph nodes making him look like a frog just two days after learning that he had been exposed.

Blisters then broke out all over his body that were so painful he felt like “someone was taking a potato peeler off your skin” every time he rubbed against something.

Shannahan received a monkeypox shot after being diagnosed, but was bedridden for two days and felt so ill he feared for his life.

The patient is not sure how he became infected, but he had been frequenting bars, pool parties and a music festival the previous days.

Luke Shannahan, who lives in Dallas, said monkey pox left him with blisters so painful he felt like someone was wearing a potato peeler on his skin every time he rubbed himself against something.

Pictured above is one of the blisters Shannahan suffered from after catching monkey pox.  They were extremely painful and the disease was '100 times worse' than Covid, he said

Pictured above is one of the blisters Shannahan suffered from after catching monkey pox. They were extremely painful and the disease was ‘100 times worse’ than Covid, he said

He was vaccinated by the Ministry of Health

But still found himself bedridden for two days with the disease

He was vaccinated by the local health department, but still ended up bedridden for two days with the disease. At one point he was afraid to die

Revealing her illness, Shannahan told KHOU 11: “It’s simply the most traumatic experience I’ve ever had. It’s the worst ill I’ve ever been.

“You have these blisters that are inflamed and every time they brush against something or touch something, you literally feel like someone is picking up a potato peeler on your skin.”

In a separate interview with NBC 5, he revealed that a contact tracer first alerted him that he had been exposed to the virus causing the rashes.

Monkey pox timeline

1958: Monkeypox is discovered when an outbreak of a smallpox-like disease occurs in monkeys kept for research.

1970: The first human case of the disease is recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was later detected in a number of other Central and West African countries.

2003: America’s largest ancient monkeypox outbreak occurs. A total of 47 people are infected after coming into contact with prairie dogs that contracted the disease on a farm.

July 2021: Case of monkeypox detected in the United States in a citizen who recently returned from Nigeria.

November 2021: Monkeypox is detected in another US resident recently returned from Nigeria.

May 2022: A Massachusetts man is diagnosed with monkeypox, becoming the first case in the current outbreak. There are now more than 2,000 cases nationwide.

Two days later he had a fever, constant headaches and swollen lymph nodes. Which were then followed by painful blisters.

“The pain and tenderness were constant,” he said.

When asked if it was like Covid, he replied: “Oh, 100 times worse. It was a totally different level of extreme fatigue.

Shannahan was diagnosed two weeks and a day ago and says most of her symptoms are now gone.

But he will still remain in solitary confinement for at least three weeks.

Patients should remain in quarantine until all of their blisters have covered and the scabs have fallen off, as even these could spread the virus, according to official guidelines.

Shannahan started a gofundme page to replace lost wages as a bartender, which has so far earned her $1,700.

Texas has recorded 81 cases of monkeypox so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

They are mostly gay or bisexual men, although this week the Lone Star State also announced its first case in women.

Nationally, infections have quadrupled in the past two weeks amid increased testing for the virus.

This prompted warnings from some top experts that America has likely “lost control” of the disease.

But CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky hit back at the claims yesterday, insisting they were ‘misinformed and irrelevant’.

Other experts say it will take a few more days to find out if the rash-causing virus is now out of control in the United States.

Authorities urge gay and bisexual men to be aware of new lesions, rashes or scabs and to get in touch with a sexual health clinic

Authorities urge gay and bisexual men to be aware of new lesions, rashes or scabs and to get in touch with a sexual health clinic

Patients with monkeypox are offered the Jynneous vaccine in the early stages of their disease, which doctors say can help reduce symptoms.

It is designed to help jump-start the immune system to fight off the virus.

Many are also offered TPOXX, an antiviral that works by preventing the monkeypox virus from invading other cells.

It was designed for use against smallpox, but is also used to fight monkeypox infections as the two viruses are closely related.

There is growing concern about a shortage of monkeypox vaccines in the United States at present.

New York and Washington DC are the first to offer the jab to all gay or bisexual men who have multiple sex partners every two weeks.

But either way appointments run out within minutes when released, with New York now warning it may not be able to dispense second doses.

Residents have called it “ridiculous” that there are so few vaccines available in a city of more than eight million people.

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