A panel of four medical and local health officials provided the latest information about the monkeypox outbreak in the nation’s capital and answered a wide range of questions from an audience of more than 100 people on Monday night at a Monkeypox Town Hall meeting sponsored jointly by the D.C.

Department of Health and the Washington Blade. Among those attending the event, which was held at the Eaton Hotel in downtown D.C., were representatives of several local LGBTQ organizations and many who self-identified as members of the city’s diverse LGBTQ community.

Also attending was Japer Bowles, director of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs. The panelists included emergency healthcare physician N.