The Oklahoma State Department of Health has identified a probable case of monkeypox in a central Oklahoma resident who recently traveled internationally to a country with confirmed cases.
OSDH is working with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the possible infection.
If confirmed it would be the first case of monkeypox in the state.
The person currently is isolated while OSDH officials work to complete contact tracing to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the individual.
“As soon as we learned about the monkeypox outbreak in Europe our response team began working to coordinate areas within the agency to respond if a case was identified in Oklahoma,” said Jan Fox, deputy commissioner of health preparedness. “We are currently working through the case investigation and contact tracing. However, we do want to stress to Oklahomans that the general public is not at risk.”
While not easily transmissible,