Call the toll-free Mpox Hotline
(844) 520-6670 for answers to general mpox questions.
If you have symptoms or medical concerns about mpox, contact your
local health department or healthcare provider. For more information about mpox visit the
In support of the Nov. 28, 2022 recommendation by the World Health Organization, U.S. Health and Human Services and CDC, KDPH will adopt mpox as the term used to refer to monkeypox disease.
Mpox is a disease caused by the mpox virus and spread through contact with the virus from an infected animal, infected person, or virus-contaminated objects and materials. Direct contact with sores, scabs, or body fluids of an infected person is the primary method of spread; but, it also may spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face or intimate contact with an infected person. According to the CDC, in the current mpox outbreak, the virus is spreading primarily through sexual contact; however, infections have occurred through other exposures, including non-sexual contact with infectious lesions.
Mpox typically begins with a fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, respiratory symptoms (e.g., sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough), exhaustion, and a rash. The illness usually lasts 2-4 weeks and infected persons are considered contagious while symptoms are present. Those concerned about mpox should contact their healthcare providers.
Beginning January 2023, the Mpox Report will be updated monthly. Due to evolving data and timing, CDC, state and local data sometimes will differ.
To view Kentucky-specific mpox data click the button below:
Kentucky Mpox Data Dashboard