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Milwaukee resident has positive case of mpox, health department says

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Health Department says a Milwaukee resident has a positive case of mpox. That person is isolating. This is the first case of mpox in the city of Milwaukee since March 20. To date, there have been 37 positive cases of mpox in Milwaukee. Public health officials say risk is especially high for men who have sex with men who have multiple or anonymous sexual partners. Mpox is a viral infection, with symptoms that can include a painful and uncomfortable rash or sores which may look like pimples or blisters, often accompanied with flu-like illness. Mpox symptoms usually start within three weeks of exposure to the virus.


There is no treatment approved specifically for mpox.

To prevent the spread of mpox, the health department says people should follow the following recommendations:

Prioritize receiving the two-dose JYNNEOS mpox vaccine. The vaccine is the strongest defense against contracting mpox. JYNNEOS vaccines are available at the MHD health clinic and other local healthcare facilities. A full list of MHD clinic hours and locations, as well as the CDC’s vaccination locator tool, is available at website.

Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with the mpox rash, including refraining from touching the rash or scabs of a person with mpox and avoiding kissing, hugging, cuddling or having sex with someone with mpox.

If exposed to mpox, contact your health care provider as soon as possible and let them know you have symptoms or have been exposed to mpox. Health care providers can provide testing and care for people who are diagnosed with mpox. If you do not have a health care provider, contact your local health department for guidance. for full details read here

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