“The patient remains isolated, and health officials are working to identify anyone the patient may have had close contact with while infectious,” the Department for Public Health said in a news release. “Confirmatory testing is pending at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” The CDC has identified 201 monkeypox cases in 28 states.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said in the release, “Identifying the first case of monkeypox in Kentucky is concerning but not surprising. Fortunately, the risk to the general public remains low. We continue to work closely with CDC and our local health department and healthcare partners to contain the spread of this virus.”