Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking an outbreak of monkeypox that has spread across several countries that do not normally report monkeypox, including the United States. Cases of monkeypox have been reported in Iowa. 

Cases, Symptoms, Transmission, and Treatment

For questions about monkeypox in Iowa, contact the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services Monkeypox Call Center at 515-725-2081 or via email at [email protected]

Vaccine Information

Interested in receiving the vaccine for Monkeypox? Please complete this survey to determine if you meet the current recommendations for receiving a vaccine and to register to receive the vaccine as it becomes available. Due to limited quantities of vaccine, it may be several weeks before you are notified of vaccine availability on your request.


Linn County Public Health and your healthcare provider can help you get tested for monkeypox. Please contact your healthcare provider if you suspect monkeypox or contact Linn County Public Health at 319-892-6093. To be tested for monkeypox, you must have a rash present. 

Clinicians suspecting monkeypox infection should immediately contact the Iowa Department of Public Health.

  • During business hours call: 800-362-2736
  • After hours call: 515-323-4360 (the Iowa State Patrol will contact the epidemiologist on call)
  • Specimen collection guidance