Louisville resident shares monkeypox journey to help reduce stigma

When he developed swollen lymph nodes, chills and nausea on Aug. 16, Luke Morrison thought he had a cold or the flu.

Two days later, he woke up “itching crazy.”

“I look in the mirror,” he said, and “I have a rash over my body.”

He went to the emergency room, where he was tested for monkeypox. Two days after that, the Louisville man got the call that he had in fact contracted the rare disease, which health experts have said represents a low risk to the general population.

“This is real and I just never thought it would be me,” he said. “I really didn’t.”

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