Statement Regarding Bedbugs

Please attribute to Tracy Schario, spokesperson for The George Washington University

September 04, 2008

Over the past several days, a few students have reported symptoms consistent with bedbug bites - itchy, small, red, and swollen areas on the skin, often with a dot visible in the center. Based on interviews with affected students conducted Sept. 2 and 3, it appears that exposure may have occurred during a School of Engineering and Applied Science trip in August.

University officials are in the process of contacting the students who may have been exposed to these insects during the trip. The university also is inspecting the rooms of the affected individuals and has confirmed one case of bedbugs. Rooms of those affected will be treated by the university to eliminate these pests.

Bedbugs are fairly common on college campuses and do not spread disease. The bites may be treated with topical creams.

Students who believe they may have bedbug bites should contact Student Health Service to receive medical treatment. Please tell the person that you speak with that you suspect you have a rash caused by bedbugs.

It is not necessary to receive emergency medical attention for these bites. Appointments can be made anytime on the Student Health Service website or as follows:
- 202-994-6827;
- Hours: Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If bedbugs are confirmed, contact Residential Property Management to request a special room cleaning.
- 202-994-2430 during business hours
- 202-994-6706 after hours
- Any items suspected to be infected should be placed in a sealed plastic bag.

Common environmental remedies for these bugs include washing linens, clothes, and any items that may have come into contact with the bugs (backpacks, towels, etc.) in hot water. Items also can be dry cleaned. Infected items should be placed in sealed plastic bags if immediate washing or dry cleaning is not possible.

More information about bedbugs is available online:

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