ANTIGO, Wis. (WSAW) – The Langlade County Health Department is investigating how the person contracted monkey pox. The health department recently identified the disease in the area on Wednesday.
The Langlade County Health Department said the person confirmed to have monkeypox is in isolation.
“On July 13, we were notified of the first orthopoxvirus, which is presumed to be monkeypox,” said Meghan Williams, health officer for the Langlade County Health Department.
Since the confirmed case of monkeypox in north-central Wisconsin, the Langlade County Health Department said it was working with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to investigate its origin.
“We’re just making sure that anyone who could have been identified as a close contact would be contacted and notified of any potential exposures,” Williams said.
Dr. Eric Stratman is the Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Marshfield Clinic Health System.
“Monkey pox is a disease that is usually spread by close, skin-to-skin contact, sometimes intimate, sometimes just close contact,” Stratman said.
Stratman was part of the discovery team that raised awareness of monkeypox in 2003.
“A systemic disease that originated in the rodent population in Africa,” Stratman said.
But Dr Stratman said this outbreak was different.
“The difference in the current epidemic is that it’s a bit more likely to be sexually transmitted sexually,” Stratman said.
Symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and other flu-like symptoms. But the most noticeable symptoms are rashes.
“These are usually small pimples or blister-like lesions that aren’t very symptomatic. They go through some stages with scabs and may even have scars,” Stratman said.
Dr Stratman said the risk of contracting monkeypox is low unless you come into contact with someone who has the disease.
“It’s not like walking down the street and I’m going to get monkeypox. It’s not the kind of thing we want the public to worry about,” Stratman said.
Although health officials say there is a low risk of contracting monkeypox, they still urge people to see their health care provider if they experience symptoms.
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