April 24, 2012

D.C. Metro operator diagnosed with viral meningitis

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has taken a bus out of service and is notifying customers about a health concern in the wake of a bus operator being diagnosed with viral meningitis.

The bus operator's only recent shift was Friday morning, when the operator was assigned to a bus on the 14th Street Line.

The bus has been removed from service until it can be thoroughly sanitized. In addition, as a precaution, Metro will disinfect all 164 buses at Northern Division.

Metro does not believe that the employee had exposure to any other vehicle. Prior to his morning shift Friday, the employee had been on vacation.

Viral meningitis is generally less severe and resolves without specific treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The symptoms of viral meningitis usually last from 7 to 10 days, and people with normal immune systems usually recover completely.

To view the CBS News report, click here.

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