Important Update

At about 4 p.m. today, Washington University in St. Louis learned from the St. Louis County Department of Health that county, State of Missouri, and federal agency officials have determined the bear cub that had been present on campus does not pose a rabies threat. They also have advised that our students are not at any risk of exposure to rabies and, therefore, will not have to receive treatment. The bear cub does not have to go through any additional testing and will be spared.

We are very pleased that this unfortunate situation has come to the best possible conclusion for everyone involved — our students, our community, and the bear cub.

Julie Hail Flory
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Communications
(314) 935-5408
Susan Killenberg McGinn
Executive Director of University News Service
(314) 935-5254; (314) 603-6008 (cell)