Are you currently an intern on Capitol Hill?
If so, we recommend that you stay in communication with your Congressional office for information about possible anthrax testing. If testing is necessary, it will be arranged through that office.
If you are unable to reach your office and are concerned about exposure, please call GW Student Health Service at (202) 994-6827. After normal business hours, students with Congressional ID cards who feel they may have been exposed can go to the GW Hospital Emergency Room for guidance.
The following information and guidelines are offered to all members of the GW Community as we continue to monitor and respond to the current situation:
- Anthrax is NOT contagious from person to person.
- If caught early, anthrax is treatable by antibiotics (usually a 60-day regimen is prescribed).
- Cutaneous or (skin) anthrax is different from inhalation anthrax. Skin anthrax is detectable by a lesion or boil like area with a black center usually near a previous cut or abrasion. Inhalation anthrax is marked by the onset of flu-like symptoms.
In the unlikely event that you are exposed to anthrax:
- Shower as soon as possible after possible exposure, remove contaminated clothing and seal it.
- Turn off ventilation units and report all incidents or possible exposure to 9-1-1. If you are on campus, please call University Police at (202) 994-6111.
GW Hospital pioneered the technology on bio-terrorism that led to the establishment of the largest and most up-to-date decontamination unit in the District of Columbia. Healthcare professionals at GW Hospital are on standby to handle any cases of anthrax that may arise. Healthcare professionals at the Medical Faculty Associates are trained to spot anthrax exposure and its symptoms and to recommend rapid treatment.