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Wisconsin's 1st monkeypox case identified, DHS says

DANE COUNTY, Wis. - Wisconsin's first case of orthopoxvirus, presumed to be monkeypox, has been identified in a Dane County resident, the state Department of Health Services confirmed Thursday, June 30."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," said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, DHS chief medical officer and state epidemiologist.

"We want the public to know that the risk of widespread transmission remains low."SIGN UP TODAY: Get daily headlines, breaking news emails from FOX6 NewsAs the rare monkeypox pops up in more and more places, state health officials want to spread the word."What we’re seeing now is transmission aided by international travel among other things," Westergaard said. "It doesn’t cause severe disease, and it’s not terribly transmissible, but it is a big deal that we make people aware because we don’t want to miss any cases."Digitally-colorized electron microscopic (EM) image depicting a monkeypox virion (virus particle), obtained from a clinical sample associated with a 2003 prairie dog outbreak, published June 6, 2022.

The image depicts a thin section image from a huma According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 450 monkeypox cases around the country.

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