On Saturday, February 10th, the Milwaukee Health Department hosted a drive-thru mpox vaccination clinic. This came after a Milwaukee resident tested positive for mpox on Friday, February 2nd. This is the first identified case of mpox since June of 2023. According to health officials, symptoms of mpox include flu-like symptoms and a painful rash or sore. The disease can be contracted through close, personal contact with symptomatic people and can be spread by anyone. The recovery time for mpox is usually two to four weeks.
If an individual has been exposed to the disease, the Milwaukee Health Department advises them to contact their local healthcare provider or call their local health department. The department also stated that they are working closely with state and federal health officials to monitor the situation and ensure that those who need it have access to the vaccine. They encourage everyone in Milwaukee to get vaccinated against mpox as soon as possible to protect themselves and their community from the disease.