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On Friday, public health officials announced that the first probable case of monkeypox in Kentucky in 2022 has been identified in a Jefferson County resident.

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Initial testing was completed at the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Division of Laboratory Services. Confirmatory testing is pending at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on the initial positive test and preliminary case investigation, state health officials consider this a probable monkeypox infection. The patient remains isolated, and health officials are working to identify anyone the patient may have had close contact with while infectious.

As of Friday, the CDC has reported 201 confirmed monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases in 25 states and the District of Columbia.