For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951
Anthrax: The Facts in the Miami Valley
DAYTON, OHIO--When anthrax appeared in New York, Washington DC, and Florida, fear of this biological weapon rippled across the country. How real is the threat to the Miami Valley?
"Our emergency response systems - 911, police, fire, and emergency departments - have received hundreds of calls and visits from citizens who were concerned they might have been exposed to anthrax," says Dr. Glenn Hamilton, professor and chair of emergency medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine. "We want the public to remain alert and aware, but not unduly fearful."
As a public service, a coalition of health care organizations has developed the following fact sheet on anthrax information for the Miami Valley. The group will issue these fact sheets as the need arises or as information changes.
1. Is there anthrax in the Miami Valley?
To date, there is no evidence of anthrax in the Miami Valley.
2. Is the Miami Valley a likely target?
The Miami Valley is no more likely to be a target than any other community of similar size in the United States.
3. What is my risk of becoming infected with anthrax?
4. What if I think I have been exposed to anthrax?
Do not panic.
5. Should I seek medical attention after a possible exposure?
While recognizing that a possible exposure to anthrax is frightening, it is not a medical emergency.
6. What if the situation changes?
Representatives of the endorsing agencies are meeting regularly to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.
These statements are endorsed by: Dayton Chapter of the American Red Cross, Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, Greater Miami Valley EMS Council, Montgomery County Medical Society, Wright State University School of Medicine, local health departments.
For more information, contact: Judi Engle, Director of Public Relations, Wright State University School of Medicine (937) 775-2951 or Jan Labbe, Director of Public Affairs, Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (937) 228-1000.