Testing can be provided at Clay County Public Health Center on a case-by-case basis. No walk-ins will be accepted. Anyone who believes they have monkeypox symptoms (rash/lesions) should call Clay County Public Health Center at 816-595-4200.
To be tested at CCPHC and through the State Public Health Lab (SPHL), patients must have symptoms meet certain criteria*:
- Contact with a person or persons with a similar appearing rash or with a person who has received a diagnosis of confirmed or probable monkeypox OR
- Had close or intimate in-person contact with persons in a social network experiencing monkeypox infections. This includes meeting partners through an online website, digital application (“app”), or social event (e.g., a bar or party) OR
- Traveled, within 21 days of illness onset outside the United States to a country with confirmed cases of monkeypox or where Monkeypox virus is endemic OR
- Had contact with a dead or live wild animal or exotic pet that is an African endemic species, or used a product derived from such animals (e.g., game meat, creams, lotions, powders, etc.)
*What if I don’t meet requirements for testing?
If you do not meet the requirements for testing through the SPHL but still want to be tested, contact a health care provider who will take a swab of your lesions and send to a commercial lab. There may be costs. Please check with your insurance company to see if they will cover the lab's testing.
Commercial labs currently testing for monkeypox:
- Mayo Clinic
- Sonic Healthcare
- Aegis Sciences