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In brief: Truss work done on I-5 bridge

Tue., Nov. 12, 2013, midnight

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The Transportation Department says metal work on the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge is complete.

The last trusses were reconfigured Friday, giving 18 feet of clearance for all traffic lanes.

There may be some short closures this week to finish maintenance and painting.

A section of the bridge collapsed May 23 when an arching truss was hit by an oversize truck. Workers installed an emergency span and then replaced it with a permanent span.

New squared-off trusses should prevent a similar strike, the Skagit Valley Herald reported.

Infant with meningitis dies

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Health officials said a Cowlitz County infant diagnosed with bacterial meningitis has died in a Portland hospital.

Cowlitz County health officer Dr. Alan Melnick told the Longview Daily News the baby developed a fever last week and was eventually taken to Doernbecker Children’s Hospital, where she died.

He said the infant’s type of meningitis is not contagious. He said only people who had close contact with the child and her body fluids are vulnerable to infection. The child was not in day care, so only family members who were exposed were notified and given antibiotics.

Melnick declined to release details of the case, including her age and hometown, citing privacy.

Bacterial meningitis is a form of meningococcal meningitis, which infects the lining of the brain and spinal cord


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