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Mosquito warning issued; West Nile case confirmed

Health officials are warning people to protect against mosquito bites after a Northwest Baltimore man became the city's first confirmed case of West Nile virus this year. The city Health Department confirmed the West Nile case yesterday. Officials believe the patient, whose age and name were not released, was bitten by a mosquito carrying the pathogen in July. After complaining of symptoms of fever and headache, the man was hospitalized and treated for encephalitis, a brain inflammation. He was released from the hospital last month and is recovering, said Dr. Laura Herrera, chief medical officer for the Health Department. The agency is urging residents to eliminate standing water from their property, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts and hats when outdoors, and use mosquito repellent. Not everyone who encounters the virus will become ill, officials said. About 80 percent of people who contract West Nile show no symptoms, and the virus clears on its own. Another 20 percent develop symptoms, which can include body ache, fever, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes.

Kelly Brewington

5K race marking 9/11 to affect downtown traffic

Downtown traffic will be affected this morning by a 5K race to mark the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and honor the firefighters and law enforcement officers who died in rescue efforts. The St. Joseph Medical Center Run to Remember will start at 7 a.m. at city police headquarters, 601 E. Fayette St., proceed down President Street, around the Inner Harbor and end at Federal Hill Park. Before the race starts, Fayette will be closed from President to Holliday streets, city transportation officials said. President Street between Fayette and Pratt streets also will be closed. Southbound Jones Falls Expressway traffic heading downtown will be diverted east on Fayette, south on Central Avenue and west on Lombard. Streets will be reopened as runners clear the area. Much of the rest of the race will take up only part of the road, said race director Kelly Dees. The race is limited to 1,000 participants and is almost fully subscribed.

Zoning planning sessions set through Monday

The Baltimore County Office of Planning will work with residents of the Lower Back River Neck peninsula in four sessions today through Monday to develop a new coastal zoning classification to protect the area from growth pressures. The process, called a charrette, will focus on architectural compatibility, rural character and environmental impact. Sessions will be held today at Deep Creek Middle School, 1000 S. Marlyn Ave.; tomorrow at Chesapeake High School, 1801 Turkey Point Road; Saturday at Back River Community Center, 801 Back River Neck Road; and Monday at the community center. All sessions are to begin at 7 p.m. Information: 410-887-3480.

Ellie Baublitz

Md. OKs subsidy to keep British Airways at BWI

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a subsidy yesterday to British Airways of up to $5.5 million yearly for the next two years as an incentive to keep the carrier at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. State officials say the rising cost of fuel has made it difficult for British Airways to make money on flights from Baltimore to London's Heathrow Airport. Under a legal agreement with the state, the subsidy kicks in if British Airways' rate of return on sales falls below 8 percent.

Laura Smitherman

Developer holding job fair this afternoon at hotel

The developers of Annapolis Towne Center, a $400 million residential, office and shopping complex in Parole, will hold a job fair from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Sheraton Annapolis Hotel, 173 Jennifer Road.

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