Individual at GW suspected of having tuberculosis

An individual at the University is suspected of having pulmonary tuberculosis, the University announced Tuesday.

Individuals who are suspected of having had contact with the individual were sent an e-mail by the D.C. Department of Health notifying them of the issue, and advising them to get tested for the disease.

“Other than individuals already identified as possible close contacts, DOH officials inform us that there is no need for the larger George Washington community to take any specific medical precautions or actions at this time,” The University said in an Infomail. “Nonetheless, we think it is important for you to be aware that this event has occurred, and that we are in regular contact with DOH to coordinate our efforts.”

Those suspected of having come in contact with the individual can seek out free TB testing Feb. 16 and Feb. 22 at the Marvin Center, room G01, which was formerly the FedEx/Kinkos location, according to an e-mail sent by the DOH. Testing will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free of charge.

Individuals with TB can have symptoms that include…

  • a cough that lasts for three weeks or more
  • blood in the sputum (concentrated saliva)
  • loss of appetite
  • unexplained weight loss
  • fever
  • extreme fatigue (tiredness)
  • sore throat or hoarseness

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