First Case of Monkeypox in Moniteau County

Moniteau County Health Center announces the first case of monkeypox in Moniteau County. The patient tested positive on Tuesday.

Monkeypox can spread from person to person through direct contact with an infectious rash, scabs or body fluids.

It can also be spread during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling or sex.

Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

Muscle aches and backache
Swollen lymph nodes
Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion or cough)
The release said MCHC continues to work with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to get a plan in place to vaccinate high-risk individuals.