Johnson County, KS man becomes state’s first presumptive positive case of monkeypox

COMING. OUR TOP TONIGHT AT JOHNSON COUNTY KANSAS RESIDENT IS THE FIRST PRESUMPTIVE CASE OF MONKEYPOX IN KANSAS. GOOD EVENING. I AM EMILY HALLWICK. STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS PATIENT RECENTLY TRAVELED OUT OF STATE. THEY ARE WORKING TO IDENTIFY ANY CONTACTS WHO MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED THE STATE AND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS ARE WAITING FOR FINAL CONFIRMATION FROM THE CDC AND WHILE THIS IS THE FIRST CASE IN KANSAS, IT IS NOT THE FIRST CASE IN METRO, MISSOURI AND METRO’S FIRST CASE OF MONKEYPOX WAS A FEW WEEKS AGO. WHEN KANSAS CITY PATIENT TESTED POSITIVE ON JUNE 18, PATIENT DIDN’T NEED TO BE HOSPITALIZED, MISSOURI NOW HAS THREE CASES ACCORDING TO CDC’S MONKEY POX

Johnson County, KS man becomes state’s first presumptive positive case of monkeypox

KDHE says the patient recently traveled out of state.

A Johnson County man has tested “presumptive positive” for monkeypox, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The KDHE said it was the first presumptive positive case in Kansas. Health officials said the man had recently traveled out of state. The KDHE said it was working with health officials to identify any recent contacts who may have been exposed. “The risk of monkeypox spreading in Kansas remains low,” said KDHE Secretary Janet Stanek. , it is important to stay home and contact your health care provider as soon as possible to avoid spreading the disease to others. heads, feet, chest) KDHE says anyone with the symptoms or a monkeypox-like rash should call their doctor as soon as possible. with a similar-appearing rash or who has been diagnosed with confirmed or probable monkeypox, ORclose or intimate in-person contact with people in a social networking setting experiencing monkeypox activity, including meeting partners through an online website line, digital app, or social event, ORRecent travel outside the United States to a country with confirmed cases of monkeypox or where the monkeypox virus is endemic, ORContact with a dead or alive wild animal or exotic pet which is an African endemic species or has used a product derived from these animals (game meat, creams, lotions, powders, etc.) The supply of vaccines is extremely limited in the United States. KDHE says only residents it contacts will be eligible to get vaccinated at this time. KDHE will expand eligibility as additional doses become available. The KDHE telephone bank is available to help answer general questions about monkeypox. Individuals can call 1-866-KDHEINF (534-3463) Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email their questions.

A Johnson County man has tested “presumptive positive” for monkeypox, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The KDHE said it was the first presumptive positive case in Kansas.

Health officials said the man had recently traveled out of state. The KDHE said it was working with health officials to identify any recent contacts who may have been exposed.

“The risk of monkeypox spreading in Kansas remains low,” said KDHE Secretary Janet Stanek. “If you have symptoms of monkeypox, it’s important to stay home and contact your health care provider as soon as possible to avoid spreading the disease to others.”

KDHE says typical symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • Appearance of a rash that looks like pimples or blisters (appears on the face, mouth, head, feet, chest)

KDHE says anyone with the symptoms or a monkeypox-like rash should call their doctor as soon as possible.

Risk factors for monkeypox infection include the following scenarios within 21 days of onset of first symptoms:

  • Contact with a person or persons with a rash of similar appearance or diagnosed with confirmed or probable monkeypox, OR
  • Close or intimate in-person contact with people in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, including dating partners through an online website, digital app, or social event, OR
  • Recent travel outside of the United States to a country with confirmed cases of monkeypox or where Monkeypox virus is endemic, OR
  • Contact with a dead or alive wild animal or exotic pet belonging to an endemic African species or the use of a product derived from these animals (game meat, creams, lotions, powders, etc.)

The monkeypox vaccine is available for people who have been exposed to a confirmed case of monkeypox. The vaccine supply is extremely limited in the United States. KDHE says only residents it contacts will be eligible to get vaccinated at this time. KDHE will expand eligibility as additional doses become available.

The KDHE telephone bank is available to help answer general questions about monkeypox. Individuals can call 1-866-KDHEINF (534-3463) Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email their questions.

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