State reports first case of monkeypox

An adult resident of Johnson County is the state's first presumed case of monkeypox. That person recently traveled out of state. A vaccine is available to those with known exposure, but supplies are extremely limited.


State News

July 11, 2022 - 3:40 PM

In this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention handout graphic, symptoms of one of the first known cases of the monkeypox virus are shown on a patient's hand on June 5, 2003. (CDC/Getty Images/TNS)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health officials said Saturday they have identified the state’s first presumed case of monkeypox.

The patient is an adult resident in Johnson County who recently traveled out of state, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The department said the risk of infection remains low for the general public. No further details about the patient were released.

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