6 active cases of monkeypox in NELA, West Monroe man recovering

6 active cases of monkeypox in NELA, West Monroe man recovering
Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 9:22 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2022 at 10:30 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A West Monroe man is recovering from a case of monkeypox that he says was contracted a few weeks ago.

Adrian Sampson, 18, is recovering from being one of six active cases in Northeast Louisiana. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, there are over 200 active cases in all of Louisiana as of Oct. 5, 2022.

Sampson says what originally appeared as a pimple on his skin eventually spread to other parts of his body, which is when he went to a local emergency room to get tested.

The symptoms got worse, such as itching and burning, so Sampson says he went to a Ruston healthcare provider for a second opinion. Right before seeing the second provider, Sampson got a call letting him know the results were positive for monkeypox.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, there are over 200 active cases in all of Louisiana as of Oct. 5, 2022, and nearly 60% of those cases are in the African-American community.