Salmonella cases linked to hedgehogs expands to Virginia; New name for Drew Model School in Arlington

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Monday, April 1.

As of Friday, 17 people nationwide have been infected with a strain of salmonella that could be linked to pet hedgehogs. No one has died, but two people were hospitalized. In January, Fairfax County legalized household hedgehogs as pets, just a few days before the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a notice about the connection between salmonella and the animals. (The Washington Post)

The Arlington County School Board has approved a new name for Drew Model School in Nauck, deciding to rename it Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School. (Arlington Public Schools)

A Loudoun County eighth grader took home first place at the 2019 National GeoBee Virginia State Competition on March 29. Anish Susaria is a student at Belmont Ridge Middle School and will now compete in the national competition at the National Geographic Society headquarters in DC, from May 19 to 22. (The Loudoun Times-Mirror)

University of Virginia’s men’s basketball team is heading to the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament for the first time since 1984. (NBC Washington)

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