Missouri’s first probable case of monkeypox confirmed in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri health leaders have confirmed the state’s first probable case of monkeypox in Kansas City.

Health officials did not identify the patient by name, age or gender, but said the individual is a Kansas City resident with recent travel history out of state.

Initial testing was completed on June 18, 2022 at the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory, and confirmatory testing for monkeypox is pending at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on initial epidemiological characteristics and the positive orthopoxvirus result in the state laboratory, public health authorities consider this to be a probable monkeypox infection.

“This week one of our distinguished nurses suspected that one of our patients might have the monkeypox virus,” said Dr. Marvia Jones, director of the Kansas City Department of Health. “We are considering this as a probable case of monkeypox virus until we receive final confirmation from CDC labs.” We appreciate the work our screening and nursing staff have done to educate themselves about and be aware of this rare virus.”

Kansas City disease investigators are working to determine if the patient may have been in contact with people while infectious. Health authorities will notify anyone at risk of exposure.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral disease that typically begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and body. Most infections last 2 to 4 weeks. The first cases were identified in early 2022.

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