First monkeypox case in Wisconsin resident confirmed

Health officials say anyone can get monkeypox but right now men having sex with men are most at-risk
Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 12:41 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2022 at 6:18 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - The state health department says it’s identified the first case of monkeypox in a Wisconsin resident.

The patient is a resident of Dane County. They’re isolating themselves, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) says there’s a low risk for the general public.

Last month, the Oconto County Health Department said a visitor from outside the state was confirmed to be infected with monkeypox. The county’s health department said it was a limited exposure.

Health officials stressed that anyone can get monkeypox but particular segments of the population are most at-risk right now.

“The current outbreak is resembling a sexually transmitted infection, and up to the present moment has largely been spreading within networks of men who identify as gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men,” DHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard said.

The DHS says as of Friday, there are 396 confirmed cases of monkeypox or orthopoxvirus in the U.S.

“While it’s likely that additional cases will be found among Wisconsinites, we are relieved that this disease does not spread easily from person to person,” Westergaard said.

Health officials say vaccinations and antivirus medications can be used to prevent and treat it.

Brad Spakowitz talked about the monkeypox outbreak and symptoms of the disease earlier this week on Action 2 News at 4:30.

Brad discusses the symptoms and duration of a monkeypox infection and new evidence that's concerning to researchers.

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