Monkeypox

Cases in Kansas

As of August 12, 2022, there are 3 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.

  1. Symptoms & Next Steps
  2. Protecting People & Pets
  3. Treatments & Vaccines

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
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches & backache
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion

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.