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Hawaii health officials hosting monkeypox virus online informational forum Thursday night

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What is monkeypox, and how can you stay safe as it spreads?

Monkeypox virus particles, illustration. Monkeypox virus is found near rainforests in Central and West Africa and causes disease in humans and monkeys, although its natural hosts are rodents.

The state health department is discussing the ongoing efforts to contain another viral outbreak -- monkeypox.

HONOLULU (KITV4) -- In light of the emergence of the monkeypox virus nationally and in Hawaii in recent months, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) will join Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center and other members of the community in addressing ongoing concerns.

Subjects will include up-to-date information about the virus, reducing stigma felt by the trans and LGBQ community, and current public health efforts.

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