Monkeypox (Mpox)

Cases in Kansas

Mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, case numbers are updated weekly on Wednesdays. As of December 7, 2022, there are 41 cases of mpox in the state of Kansas. The risk of mpox spreading in Kansas remains low at this time.

Vaccines in Kansas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend widespread 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 mpox vaccine provider.

Learn More About Mpox

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

What is Mpox?

Mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, is a rare disease from the smallpox virus family. Symptoms are similar to but milder than smallpox. Mpox is rarely fatal; however, symptoms can be painful and can leave permanent scarring. The following populations are most susceptible to serious illness from mpox:

  • 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 mpox. If someone in your household is sick 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.