Kansas announces first case of Monkeypox

TOPEKA, Kan. – Researchers with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment say they identified the first positive case of Monkeypox.

Officials say the patient is an adult resident in Johnson County who recently traveled out of state.

“The risk of monkeypox spreading in Kansas remains low,” Janet Stanek, Secretary of KDHE, said. “If you are experiencing symptoms of monkeypox illness, it’s important to stay home and contact your health care provider as soon as possible to avoid spreading the disease to others.”

Risk factors for monkeypox infection include the following scenarios within 21 days of first symptom onset:

  • Contact with a person or people with a similar-appearing rash or who received a diagnosis of confirmed or probable monkeypox, OR
  • Close or intimate in-person contact with individuals in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity including meeting partners through an online website, digital app or social event, OR
  • Recent travel outside the US to a country with confirmed cases of monkeypox or where Monkeypox virus is endemic, OR
  • Contact with a dead or live wild animal or exotic pet that is an African endemic species or used a product derived from such animals (game meat, creams, lotions, powders, etc.)

The patient is working with KDHE to identify contacts who may have been exposed, doctors say.