City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

October 20, 2007

Maryland : College Park

UM student treated for staph

A student at the University of Maryland College Park was hospitalized this week with the same type of staph infection that has recently raised national and local concern, the university said yesterday.

In a letter to the university community, the university's health center director said that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is an infection that has occurred regularly throughout the university for the last few years. But a male student's case this week was so severe that he required hospitalization, she said in an interview.

"That student is being treated, steps have been taken to clean and disinfect the area in question, and students in that residence hall are being informed," wrote Dr. Sacared Bodison, the health center director.

For privacy reasons, she did not release any details about the student, but said he fully recovered.

The issue recently surfaced locally when four Anne Arundel County high schools reported 50 staph infections - at least one of which was drug-resistant.

Infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria might be killing more than 19,000 people a year in the United States, according to a study published Tuesday.

Doug Donovan

Howard County

: Jessup

Police seek man in sexual assault

Howard County police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy at knifepoint in a restaurant bathroom at a Jessup truck stop.

The boy reported that when he attempted to leave the restroom Wednesday, a man "restrained him, displayed a knife and committed several sexual acts upon him," police said in a news release yesterday.

The man then left the restaurant, and the boy called police. It is not known whether the assailant is a truck driver.

Baltimore

: Downtown

Lombard stretch to close today

A section of Lombard Street between Paca and Greene streets will be closed today from 2 a.m. to 8 p.m. so that construction workers can erect a large crane. The city's Department of Transportation is warning motorists to expect congestion in the area, near the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Crime

Summit today on gang activity

U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will hold the last of three summits in the Baltimore area to discuss gang activity from 10 a.m. to noon today at the State Center Auditorium, 300 W. Preston St. The Baltimore Democrat hopes that the free event will help teach members of the community about "the signs and language of potential gang activity in children," as well as how to safely report gang activity to police, according to a statement from the congressman's office. Frank Clark, director of the gang intervention and investigation unit with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, is scheduled to speak.

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