The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and Flathead City-County Health Department on Friday, August 5th, confirmed a single presumptive case of monkeypox virus infection in a Flathead County adult.

Initial testing was completed August 5, 2022, at the Montana State Public Health Laboratory. 

Confirming testing will happen next with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

DPHHS is working closely with local public health and the patient’s health care provider to identify people who may have been in contact with the patient while they were infectious. 

The local public health officials are performing contact tracing and will communicate with individuals identified as a close contact. The patient did not have to go to the hospital and is isolating at home. We’ll keep you updated.

Some symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Rash
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Exhaustion
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Headache
  • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)

You may experience all or only a few symptoms

  • Sometimes, people have flu-like symptoms before the rash.
  • Some people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms.
  • Others only experience a rash.