Last Updated 9/29/22
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Monkeypox Case Information
- The are six presumptive cases of monkeypox in Sedgwick County.
- There are more than 25,000 confirmed monkeypox cases in the United States, including 12 cases in Kansas. For more case information, visit CDC's U.S. Monkeypox Map & Case Count.
Monkeypox Risks & Transmission
- The risk to the Sedgwick County general public remains low.
- Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact (including sex), through:
- Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox.
- Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
- Contact with respiratory secretions (droplets) of a person with monkeypox.
- A person with monkeypox can spread it to others from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed, typically 2-4 weeks.
- There is a vaccine for monkeypox, but it is in very short supply.
- The vaccine is currently available only to people who have been exposed to someone with monkeypox and to certain people at high risk of exposure. (Read the CDC's vaccination criteria.)
- Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) has a small number of doses of monkeypox vaccine. If you have been exposed to someone with monkeypox or meet other CDC vaccination criteria, email email@example.com or call 316-660-7300 for vaccine information.
- If you believe you have been exposed to a person with monkeypox and have a rash of unknown cause, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 316-660-7300 for testing information.
- Most cases in the current monkeypox outbreak are mild and can be treated at home.
- An antiviral treatment called TPOXX is authorized for use in severe cases and for certain high-risk individuals (see CDC TPOXX criteria).
- TPOXX requires a medical prescription and is made available with no out-of-pocket cost through the government.