There are many infectious diseases currently spreading throughout the nation and the Kansas City area. You and your family may be affected by one or more of these diseases or may want to take action to prevent them. Use the buttons above to learn more about each type of virus.
These are not the only diseases currently spreading in our area but they are some of the ones you may be hearing the most about. To learn more about the monitoring that Clay County Public Health Center does year round and other types of diseases that get reported, visit our Epidemiology webpage.
Through the Clay County Data Hub, you can find local data for COVID, flu, and symptoms being reported at local schools and emergency rooms. You can also find national data for flu, COVID, RSV, and mpox on the CDC's website.
Local and at-home options for COVID-19 tests can be found listed here. Jackson County Health Department is also offering free, drive-up testing for COVID/influenza/RSV at their main office at 313 S Liberty St in Independence. Testing information for mpox can be found on our mpox page.
When it comes to viruses like these, the tools we can use to prevent them always look pretty much the same. Avoid close contact with others, get vaccinated if you can, cover coughs and sneezes, keep hands and surfaces clean and stay home when sick to avoid further spread.