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In Baltimore County

GBMC takes steps to control outbreak of bacterial illness

TOWSON -- Greater Baltimore Medical Center has implemented measures to handle gastrointestinal bacteria illnesses contracted by eight patients in one of the hospital's rehabilitation units, a GBMC spokesman said yesterday.

Five cases of C. difficile, the bacteria recognized as the major cause of infectious diarrhea occurring in hospitalized patients, were diagnosed last week, prompting GBMC to contact the county health department, hospital officials said. Since then, three other cases have been confirmed.

The affected unit, which contains 25 beds for patients receiving rehabilitative and clinical services after an acute care event, was closed to further admissions Monday. Infected patients in the unit have continued to receive services, such as physical therapy, but they are being treated in their rooms. Patients in other parts of the hospital remain unaffected, Dr. Charles Haile, GBMC's chief of staff and an expert in infectious diseases, said in a news release.

Pa. woman, 65, dies in I-83 crash into truck

FREELAND -- A Pennsylvania woman died yesterday morning after she drove into the back of a tractor-trailer parked on the shoulder of Interstate 83 near Freeland, state police said.

The victim, Julianna Neff, 65, of Seven Springs, was driving a 1997 Subaru in the slow lane about a half-mile south of the Pennsylvania line about 8:15 a.m. when for no apparent reason she entered the fast lane, said Tfc. Michael Weimer of the Golden Ring Barracks.

Weimer said Neff, who was alone, overcompensated in attempting to return to the slow lane, drove onto the west shoulder and crashed into the tractor-trailer.

A cancer patient, she had been driving to a hospital in Baltimore when the accident occurred and was pronounced dead at the scene, Weimer said, adding that the driver of the rig was not injured.

County opens new entrance to Cockeysville recycling site

COCKEYSVILLE -- The entrance to the county's recycling center has been reconfigured to solve weekend traffic problems. A new one-way entrance on Drop-off Drive, off Warren Road, will open today.

The new entrance is between Beaver Dam and York roads. Drivers will exit northbound onto Beaver Dam Road.

The Cockeysville facility is one of three sites where county residents can deliver paper, bottles and cans, and dispose of yard and household debris. The center is open free of charge from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Information: 410-887- 2000.

Chizuk Amuno to hold concert fund-raiser today

PIKESVILLE -- Chizuk Amuno Congregation will hold a concert fund-raiser at 7:30 tonight featuring five family members who serve as cantors.

The concert will be held at the synagogue at 8100 Stevenson Road. The performers include Chizuk Amuno cantor Manny Perlman; his brothers Eli, Richard and Josh; and their father, Ivan.

The concert will raise money for special education at the synagogue. Tickets are $50, and $200 for patrons.

In Baltimore City

Gunshot wound identified as cause of woman's death

An autopsy has established that a woman found dead Monday in a vacant Northeast Baltimore house died from a gunshot wound to the head, police said yesterday.

A friend found the woman Monday and called 911 shortly before 10 a.m. The woman, identified as Patricia Ann Byrd, 41 -- apparently was living in the vacant house in the 1600 block of Gorsuch Ave., police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Finance for young adults to be seminar topic Friday

Making responsible financial decisions will be the subject of a free, one-day training program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Sojourner-Douglass College, 200 N. Central Ave.

The session for people ages 15 to 26 is being presented by the Baltimore division of Casey Family Services in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health and New Pathways Inc.

Topics will include banking, budgeting, job interviews, education and income, child care, the wants and needs of young adults, and renting or buying a home.

Registration (required by tomorrow): 410-342-7554.

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