PHMDC identifies second monkeypox case in Dane County

MADISON, Wis. — A second person tested positive for monkeypox in Dane County, Public Health Madison and Dane County said Wednesday.

Wisconsin’s first case of the virus was identified earlier this month when someone in Dane County tested positive. This is Wisconsin’s third confirmed case after a Milwaukee County resident tested positive Monday.

PHMDC officials said the risk of catching the virus is still low, and is spread mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox.

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Speaking to News 3 Now Wednesday, Wisconsin Department of Health Services spokesperson Elizabeth Goodsitt said the state is able to provide a vaccine for monkeypox to people who had known exposure to someone with monkeypox, or people with a rash characteristic of the virus.