Cases in Kansas
As of August 8, 2022, there are 2 cases of monkeypox in the state of Kansas. The risk of monkeypox spreading in Kansas remains low at this time.
What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare disease from the smallpox virus family. Symptoms are similar to but milder than smallpox. Monkeypox is rarely fatal; however, symptoms can be painful and can leave permanent scarring. The following populations are most susceptible to serious illness from monkeypox:
- People with weakened immune systems
- Children under 8 years
- People who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- People with a history of eczema
Learn steps you can take to prevent monkeypox. If someone in your household is sick with monkeypox, they should isolate at home. If they have an active rash or other symptoms, they should be in a separate room away from people and pets when possible.
What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
Symptoms can include any of the following. A rash may occur first. Some may only experience a rash.
- A rash that looks like pimples or blisters
- Muscle aches & backache
What should I do if I have symptoms of monkeypox?
- See a health care provider if you notice a new or unexplained rash or other symptoms.
- Avoid close contact, including intimate contact until a health care provider examines you.
- Avoid close contact with pets or other animals until a health care provider examines you.
- If waiting for test results, follow these precautions as outlined.
- If positive, stay isolated until your rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of skin has formed.
How does monkeypox spread?
People who do not have symptoms cannot spread the virus to others. For those who have symptoms, monkeypox can be spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.
Monkeypox spreads in many different ways:
- Person-to-person through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. Pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta.
- By touching items such as clothing or linens that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids
- From infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal or by eating meat or using products from an infected animal.
Could my pet get monkeypox?
Monkeypox is zoonotic, meaning it can spread between animals and people; however, the CDC does not currently believe that monkeypox poses a high risk to pets. KDHE still recommends that people with monkeypox avoid interacting with animals and find someone else to take care of their pets while they recover. Learn more about monkeypox in animals.
What treatments & vaccines are available for monkeypox?
There are no treatments specifically for monkeypox virus infections; however, monkeypox and smallpox viruses are genetically similar, which means that antiviral drugs and vaccines developed to protect against smallpox may be used to treat and prevent monkeypox virus infections. Learn more about antivirals, vaccines, and other options.