Well, it was only a matter of time.
It appears monkeypox has now reached Missouri, with one Kansas City person flagged as a “probable” case by the Kansas City Health Department and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Monkeypox is a virus from the same virus family as smallpox. It’s not related to chickenpox.
Testing ended on Saturday and officials are now awaiting results from the Centers for Disease Control. The patient had recently traveled out of state. Health officials are trying to trace people the patient has been in contact with to notify them of possible exposure.
“This week, one of our excellent nurses suspected that one of our patients might have monkeypox virus,” said Kansas City Health Department Director Dr. Marvia Jones. “We consider this to be a probable case of monkeypox virus until we receive final confirmation from CDC labs. We appreciate the work our disease investigator and nursing staff have done to learn about this rare virus and be on the alert.”
As of Friday, June 17, the CDC has reported confirmed cases of monkeypox in 20 other states and Washington, DC, bringing the total number of confirmed cases nationwide to 111.