MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — The Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) announced on Sunday, Jun 4, a positive case of Mpox was identified in a Milwaukee resident.
MHD says they are in contact with the individual who is currently isolating and following the recommended guidance, and notified all close contacts.
To date, there have been 37 positive cases of Mpox in the City of Milwaukee — and the first identified case of Mpox in the city since March 20, 2023.
MHD said in a news release, this new positive case serves as a reminder that the Mpox outbreak is not over. Public health officials urge individuals to remain cautious and take appropriate precautions. Anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, can get Mpox through close, personal contact with someone who has symptoms of Mpox. However, data suggests that the virus has primarily spread among social networks of gay, bisexual, and same-gender-loving men through intimate contact. Risk is especially high for same-gender-loving 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. Mpox can be spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of skin has formed. Most people with Mpox recover in two to four weeks.
There is no treatment approved specifically for Mpox, so prevention is the best medicine. To prevent the spread of Mpox, individuals 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