How to Report Monkeypox/Orthopoxvirus Cases and Testing in Kansas

Healthcare providers and laboratories are required to notify KDHE regarding patients with suspected or confirmed reportable disease. The list of reportable disease is defined by Kansas statute and regulation (K.S.A. 65-118, 65-128 and 65-6001 through 65-6007; and by K.A.R. 28-1-2 and 28-1-18). Refer to the below sections to determine how to report monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases and laboratory testing to KDHE.

  1. Case Reporting
  2. Lab Reporting
  3. Additional Resources

Suspected or Confirmed Monkeypox Case Reporting Requirements 

K.A.R. 28-1-2 requires any unusual disease or manifestation of illness such as monkeypox/orthopoxvirus to be reported to KDHE within four hours of knowledge of the suspected case; this includes reporting prior to receipt of laboratory results. Mandated reporters such as clinicians, nurses, and hospital administrators should report suspected monkeypox cases to the 24/7 KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 877-427-7317, option 5. Notification to KDHE ensures that appropriate medical countermeasures (e.g., vaccines, antivirals) are initiated promptly, when indicated. Mandated reporters shall report the following information to KDHE. 

  • First and last names and middle initial
  • Address (including city, state, and ZIP code)
  • Telephone number (including area code)
  • Date of birth
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Ethnicity (specify if Hispanic or non-Hispanic ethnicity)
  • Pregnancy status
  • Date of onset of symptoms and diagnosis
  • Type of diagnostic tests
  • Type of specimen
  • Date of specimen collection
  • Site of specimen collection
  • Diagnostic test results (including reference range and all available results concerning additional characterization of the organism)
  • Treatment given
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the clinician
  • Any other necessary epidemiological information and additional specimen collection or laboratory test results requested by KDHE. Epidemiological information requested from providers is found on page 3 of the Monkeypox Information for Providers document.