>> WE BEGIN WITH BREAKING NEWS. TONIGHT HEALTH OFFICIALS REPORTING THE FIRST CASE OF MONKEYPOX IN MILWAUKEE. 12 NEWS’ KENT WAINSCOTT IS LIVE AT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. KENT, WHAT DO WE KNOW? >> MONKEYPOX WAS INDENTIFIED IN A MILWAUKEE COUNTY RESIDENT ON SATURDAY. THE MILWAUKEE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS CURRENTLY IN CONTACT WITH THAT PATIENT MONITORING THAT PERSON’S SYMPTOMS AND CONDITION. THIS IS THE SECOND CASE IN THE STATES. MONITORING THAT PERSONS SYMPTOMS AND CONDITION. THE INDIVIDUAL NOT BEING IDENTIFIED BUT THAT PATIENT IS ISOLATING AND FOLLOWING ALL RECOMMENDED GUIDANCE. THIS IS THE SECOND KNOWN CASE IN WISCONSIN, THE FIRST IDENTIFIED RECENTLY IN DANE COUNTY IN THE MADISON AREA. THE CDC SAYS THERE HAS BEEN 860 SIX REPORTED CASES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THE RISK TO THE PUBLIC REMAINS LOW AT THIS TIME THE DISEASE IS NOT EASILY TRANSMISSALBE BUT THEY WANT PEOPLE TO BE AWARE OF THE SYMPTOMS, THAT INCLUDE UNEXPLAINED RASHES AND SKIN LESIONS AND OFTEN FEVER, CHILLS AND SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES. THEY SAY THERE ARE A FEW WAYS THAT IT SPRINTS. >> MONKEYPOX CAN BE TRANSMITTED A VARIETY OF WAYS. TYPICALLY IT DOES REQUIRE CLOSE PERSONAL OR INTIMATE TYPE OF CONTACT FOR SKIN TO SKIN THE TRANSMISSION. IT CAN ALSO BE TRANSMITTED VIA RESPIRATORY DROPLETS ALTHOUGH IT IS — IT REQUIRES MUCH MORE INTIMATE TYPES OF CONTACT FOR RESPIRATORY SPREAD VERSUS SOMETHING LIKE COVID. >> HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TELL US THEY HAVE REACHED OUT AND ARE MONITORING ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THIS PARTICULAR PERSON WHO HAS CONTRACTED MONKEYPOX

First case of monkeypox reported in city of Milwaukee

866 monkeypox cases confirmed in United States as of Monday afternoon

A case of monkeypox was confirmed in a city of Milwaukee resident on Saturday.The person is in isolation and following recommended guidelines, according to the Milwaukee Health Department. This is the second case of monkeypox confirmed in a Wisconsin resident, as identified by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.”With the increasing number of cases nationwide, we are not surprised monkeypox has been identified in our city,” said Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson. “While the disease is not easily spread from person to person without direct contact, we anticipate more cases will emerge in the coming weeks. To control the spread, we encourage residents to be aware of the symptoms, follow prevention recommendations, and seek medical attention when needed.”Health leaders also expect to see more cases in Milwaukee. “Because we are seeing spots elsewhere in the country, we do anticipate that we will see spread to our region as well,” said Dr. Heather Paradis, Milwaukee Health Department medical director. Dr. Paradis said the general public does not need to worry because the risk of Monkeypox to the general public is and remains very low. She also said the disease is generally transmitted via close/intimate contact whether it’s skin-to-skin, respiratory droplets and by sharing household items like bedsheets, towels or eating or drinking utensils. To prevent the spread of monkeypox, individuals should follow the following recommendations:Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with the monkeypox rash, including refraining from touching the rash or scabs of person with monkeypox and avoiding kissing, hugging, cuddling or having sex with someone with monkeypox. If exposed to monkeypox, contact your health care provider as soon as possible and let them know you have symptoms or have been exposed to monkeypox. Health care providers can provide testing and care for people who are diagnosed with monkeypox. Monitor for fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes and a new, unexplained rash, and contact a health care provider if any of those occur. If you do not have a health care provider, contact your local health department for guidance. If sick with monkeypox, isolate at home until the rash has fully resolved, the scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed.As of Monday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 866 confirmed monkeypox and orthopoxvirus cases in the United States. While the number of confirmed monkeypox cases is growing in the United States, the overall risk to the general public remains low. For more information about monkeypox, click here.

A case of monkeypox was confirmed in a city of Milwaukee resident on Saturday.

The person is in isolation and following recommended guidelines, according to the Milwaukee Health Department.

This is the second case of monkeypox confirmed in a Wisconsin resident, as identified by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

“With the increasing number of cases nationwide, we are not surprised monkeypox has been identified in our city,” said Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson. “While the disease is not easily spread from person to person without direct contact, we anticipate more cases will emerge in the coming weeks. To control the spread, we encourage residents to be aware of the symptoms, follow prevention recommendations, and seek medical attention when needed.”

Health leaders also expect to see more cases in Milwaukee.

“Because we are seeing spots elsewhere in the country, we do anticipate that we will see spread to our region as well,” said Dr. Heather Paradis, Milwaukee Health Department medical director.

Dr. Paradis said the general public does not need to worry because the risk of Monkeypox to the general public is and remains very low. She also said the disease is generally transmitted via close/intimate contact whether it’s skin-to-skin, respiratory droplets and by sharing household items like bedsheets, towels or eating or drinking utensils.

To prevent the spread of monkeypox, individuals should follow the following recommendations:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with the monkeypox rash, including refraining from touching the rash or scabs of person with monkeypox and avoiding kissing, hugging, cuddling or having sex with someone with monkeypox.
  • If exposed to monkeypox, contact your health care provider as soon as possible and let them know you have symptoms or have been exposed to monkeypox. Health care providers can provide testing and care for people who are diagnosed with monkeypox. Monitor for fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes and a new, unexplained rash, and contact a health care provider if any of those occur. If you do not have a health care provider, contact your local health department for guidance.
  • If sick with monkeypox, isolate at home until the rash has fully resolved, the scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed.

As of Monday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 866 confirmed monkeypox and orthopoxvirus cases in the United States.

While the number of confirmed monkeypox cases is growing in the United States, the overall risk to the general public remains low.

For more information about monkeypox, click here.

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