The Milwaukee Health Department held a free drive-thru mpox vaccination clinic on Saturday, Feb. 10, after a Milwaukee resident tested positive for the disease on Friday, Feb. 2. This is the first identified case of mpox since June of 2023. Health officials emphasized that 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 clinic provided vaccines to those who were at risk of exposure and offered education on how to prevent the spread of the disease. It’s important for individuals to take precautions such as washing hands frequently and avoiding close contact with symptomatic people to avoid getting infected with mpox.