On Saturday, February 10th, the Milwaukee Health Department held a free drive-thru mpox vaccination clinic. This was announced after a Milwaukee resident tested positive for the disease on Friday, February 2nd. This is the first identified case of mpox since June of 2023.
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. It’s important to note that if an individual has been exposed to the disease, they should contact their local healthcare provider or call their local health department for guidance on treatment and prevention measures.
The recovery time for mpox is usually two to four weeks. The Milwaukee Health Department is taking steps to ensure that the community is protected from the spread of mpox by offering this free vaccination clinic. They encourage all individuals who may have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for mpox to take advantage of this opportunity to get vaccinated and protect themselves and others from getting sick.