Towson student checked for possible tuberculosis

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

September 29, 2007

A Towson University student is being evaluated for a possible case of tuberculosis, Baltimore County health officials said yesterday.

The 19-year-old man is no longer on campus and will not return until the completion of testing and any treatment, officials said.

University and county health officials said they have no reason to believe that anyone else was exposed to the disease.

University officials alerted students, faculty and staff to the possible case through a mass e-mail yesterday, said Carol Dunsworth, Towson's director of university relations.

Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease that usually affects the lungs. Although it is spread from person to person through the air, a person must be in close contact for an extended period to become infected, the county Health Department said. Symptoms include a bad cough that lasts longer than two weeks; chest pain; coughing up blood or sputum (phlegm from deep inside the lungs); weakness or fatigue, weight loss, chills, fever and night sweats.

For more information, call Dunsworth at 410-704-2230 or the county Health Department's tuberculosis program at 410-887-2711.

Josh Mitchell

Randallstown

Man, 22, fatally stabbed

Baltimore County police yesterday identified the victim in an apparent homicide Thursday night at an apartment complex in Randallstown.

Reginald Smith, 22, of the 8600 block of Woodspring Road in Randallstown was stabbed to death, police said.

A 19-year-old suspect was in custody, and charges were pending, police said yesterday.

Smith and a female companion were sitting near a playground behind homes on Cinnamon Circle about 7 p.m. Thursday when a man approached them, police said. Smith and the man began fighting, and Smith was stabbed, police said. The other man fled.

Police called to the scene found Smith lying in the road bleeding from his head and neck. He was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 8 p.m.

Investigators learned that the attacker might have fled to the 200 block of N. Carey St. in Baltimore. Detectives approached a man who matched the description of the attacker and found physical evidence on him, police said.

The suspect, who was not identified yesterday, was taken into custody. Police have not confirmed a motive for the killing.

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