Monkeypox

Cases in Kansas

Monkeypox case numbers are updated weekly on Wednesdays. As of October 5, 2022, there are 22 cases of monkeypox in the state of Kansas. The risk of monkeypox spreading in Kansas remains low at this time.

Vaccines in Kansas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend widespread monkeypox vaccination at this time; however, vaccination may be recommended for people who may be at higher risk. Some county health departments and health care providers in Kansas have vaccine available. Find a monkeypox vaccine provider.

Learn More About Monkeypox

  1. Background
  2. Symptoms
  3. Prevention
  4. Treatment

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.