First case of monkeypox confirmed in Wisconsin

First case of monkeypox confirmed in Wisconsin

IT’S IN LAKE COUNTY CONFIRMED THAT IS DEFINITELY A CONCERN MONKEY POX IS NOW CONFIRMED AT THE ILLINOIS WISCONSIN BORDER. WE’RE IN THAT POSITION RIGHT NOW WHERE WE’RE TRYING TO FIND THE CASES SO WE CAN IDENTIFY THEM TEST THEM AND DEAL WITH IT SO THAT WE DON’T END UP WITH A BIGGER MORE RAPID SPREAD THE LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTED ITS FIRST PROBABLE CASE OF THE VIRUS WEDNESDAY IN WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS LAKE COUNTY BORDERS SOUTHEAST, WISCONSIN AND WHILE THERE ARE NO CONFIRMED CASES IN THE BADGER STATE, ILLINOIS RANKS, THE THIRD HIGHEST CASE COUNT IN THE COUNTRY WITH 46 CONFIRMED UW HEALTH INFECTIOUS DISEASE DOCTOR, DAN SHIRLEY SAID, LAKE COUNTY AND WISCONSIN RESIDENTS REMAIN LOW RISK FOR NOW. HE SAYS ITS MOST IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO KNOW THE SYMPTOMS AND REPORT THEM TO THEIR DOCTOR IF THEY THINK THEY HAVE IT OR ARE IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO DOES SAID SYMPTOMS USUALLY START WITH A OVER HEADACHE AND FATIGUE AFTER A COUPLE DAYS PEOPLE WITH MONKEYPOX USUALLY GET A RASH WHICH IS REALLY KIND OF LIKE LITTLE SKIN LESIONS. IT COULD LOOK LIKE PIMPLES OR BLISTERS LAKE COUNTY RESIDENTS. I KNOW I DON’T WANT TO GET IT. I WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM IT. STILL WANT TO REMAIN VIGILANT. I DEFINITELY DON’T WANT TO GO TO A PANDEMIC AGAIN, BUT DOCTORS STRESS THE WAY IT SPREADS IS DIFFERENT THAN COVID AND OTHER VIRUSES. IT’S NOT QUITE THE SAME AS WHAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR A COUPLE YEARS WITH COVID. YOU REALLY DO NEED KIND OF LONGED OR VERY CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WITH MONKEYPOX DURING THAT KIND OF ACUTE PHASE TO GET MONKEYPOX. SO COURTNEY, WHAT ARE THE PREVENTATIVE OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE EXPOSED TO MONKEYPOX JOYCE THE SMALLPOX VACCINE IS ACTUALLY THE SAME VACCINE USED TO TREAT MONKEY POX AND THERE IS A STOCKPILE OF IT IN THE US. HOWEVER, THE ONLY PEOPLE WITH ACCESS TO IT RIGHT NOW ARE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED A CLOSE CONTACT OF SOMEBODY WHO HAS MONKEYPOX COURTNEY SAYS REPORTING LIVE MEANTIME THE US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION HAS OPENED AN

First case of monkeypox confirmed in Wisconsin

The Department of Health Services says the case is a person in Dane County.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced they have identified the first confirmed case of monkeypox, otherwise known as orthopoxvirus, in a resident of Dane County. They added that the case was identified on June 30, the patient is currently isolated and the risk remains low for the general public. There have been 396 confirmed monkeypox and orthopoxvirus cases in the United States due to this outbreak. “The number of monkeypox cases continues to rise in the U.S., so it is not a surprise that monkeypox has now been detected in Wisconsin,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard in a news release. “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. We’d like for all clinicians to remain alert to patients with compatible rashes and encourage them to test for monkeypox. We want the public to know that the risk of widespread transmission remains low.”DHS said that monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious disease caused by the monkeypox virus. It is typically characterized by a new, unexplained rash and skin lesions. Other early symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes. Recently identified cases have developed skin lesions in the genital, groin, and anal regions that might be confused with rashes caused by common diseases such as herpes and syphilis.Most people with monkeypox recover in two to four weeks without needing treatment. However, vaccinations and antiviral medications can be used to prevent and treat monkeypox. The Department of Health Services adds that monkeypox does not spread easily from person to person. The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets, sustained skin-to-skin contact, and contact with items that have been contaminated with the fluids or sores of a person with monkeypox. To prevent the spread of monkeypox, DHS encourages all Wisconsinites to be aware of the following:Know the symptoms and risk factors of monkeypox.Avoid skin-to-skin contact with people who are showing a rash or skin sores. Don’t touch the rash or scabs, and don’t kiss, hug, cuddle, have sex or share items such as eating utensils or bedding with someone with monkeypox.In jurisdictions with known monkeypox spread, participating in activities with close, personal, skin-to-skin contact may pose a higher risk of exposure.If you were recently exposed to the virus, contact a doctor or nurse to talk about whether you need a vaccine to prevent the disease. Monitor your health for fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes and a new, unexplained rash, and contact a health care provider if any of those occur. If you become ill, avoid contact with others until you receive health care.State health experts say they’re in a much better position with this than they were with COVID-19 because they know a lot about the virus, and they have vaccines and treatments available for people who need them. Wisconsin’s last outbreak was in 2003. At that time, health officials reported 39 cases in the state.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced they have identified the first confirmed case of monkeypox, otherwise known as orthopoxvirus, in a resident of Dane County.

They added that the case was identified on June 30, the patient is currently isolated and the risk remains low for the general public.

There have been 396 confirmed monkeypox and orthopoxvirus cases in the United States due to this outbreak.

“The number of monkeypox cases continues to rise in the U.S., so it is not a surprise that monkeypox has now been detected in Wisconsin,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard in a news release. “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. We’d like for all clinicians to remain alert to patients with compatible rashes and encourage them to test for monkeypox. We want the public to know that the risk of widespread transmission remains low.”

DHS said that monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious disease caused by the monkeypox virus.

It is typically characterized by a new, unexplained rash and skin lesions. Other early symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes. Recently identified cases have developed skin lesions in the genital, groin, and anal regions that might be confused with rashes caused by common diseases such as herpes and syphilis.

Most people with monkeypox recover in two to four weeks without needing treatment. However, vaccinations and antiviral medications can be used to prevent and treat monkeypox.

The Department of Health Services adds that monkeypox does not spread easily from person to person. The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets, sustained skin-to-skin contact, and contact with items that have been contaminated with the fluids or sores of a person with monkeypox.

To prevent the spread of monkeypox, DHS encourages all Wisconsinites to be aware of the following:

  • Know the symptoms and risk factors of monkeypox.
  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact with people who are showing a rash or skin sores. Don’t touch the rash or scabs, and don’t kiss, hug, cuddle, have sex or share items such as eating utensils or bedding with someone with monkeypox.
  • In jurisdictions with known monkeypox spread, participating in activities with close, personal, skin-to-skin contact may pose a higher risk of exposure.
  • If you were recently exposed to the virus, contact a doctor or nurse to talk about whether you need a vaccine to prevent the disease. Monitor your health for fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes and a new, unexplained rash, and contact a health care provider if any of those occur. If you become ill, avoid contact with others until you receive health care.

State health experts say they’re in a much better position with this than they were with COVID-19 because they know a lot about the virus, and they have vaccines and treatments available for people who need them.

Wisconsin’s last outbreak was in 2003. At that time, health officials reported 39 cases in the state.

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