DOH reports additional probable case of monkeypox in Hawaii

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Health identified an additional probable case of monkeypox in an Oahu resident on Friday.

This brings the total number of cases in Hawaii to five confirmed and one probable.

The Health Department said it has also identified connections between all six people.

”Vaccination and treatments are available, and we encourage anyone with monkeypox symptoms to contact their healthcare provider,” said Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP.

At this time, health officials said the risk to most Hawaii residents remains low.

DOH continues to conduct contact tracing and coordinate vaccination and treatment.

Health experts said monkeypox can spread through direct contact with body fluids, lesion material, or items used by someone with the virus. It can also be spread through large respiratory droplets.

In Hawaii, officials said at least some of the cases have been reported among gay or bisexual men.

DOH reminds members of the community to respond with an inclusive, fact-based approach when discussing monkeypox. Officials said stigma is unacceptable and can drive people away from seeking healthcare services.

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