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Meningitis Scare Prompts Metro To Take Bus Out Of Service

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Credit: WNEW reporter Kevin Patrick

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Metro has taken a bus out of service after its driver was diagnosed with viral meningitis on Monday. The mass-transit agency said it will begin customers about the health concern immediately.

The driver’s only recent shift was on Friday morning when he was assigned to a bus on the 14th Street Line with the following scheduled trips between the hours of 7:13 a.m. and 10:18 a.m.:

  • Route 52, 7:13 a.m. trip from 14th St. & Buchanan St. NW to L’Enfant Plaza
  • Route 54, 8:03 a.m. trip from L’Enfant Plaza to 14th St. & Colorado St. NW
  • Route 52, 9:00 a.m. trip from 14th St. & Colorado St. NW to L’Enfant Plaza

Metro says the bus will remain out of service until it has been thoroughly sanitized.

As an added precaution, Metro will also disinfect all 164 buses in its Northern Division on Monday night. However, Metro does not believe that the infected driver had exposure to any other vehicle. He was on vacation prior to his Friday morning shift.

The Centers for Disease Control says viral meningitis is generally less severe and can go away without specific treatment.

Symptoms of meningitis include fever, headache and a stiff neck. In people infected may also experience nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and confusion.

The symptoms typically develop 3 to 7 days after initial exposure and usually last from 7 to 10 days. People with normal immune systems usually recover completely.

Metro urges anyone who exhibits symptoms to contact their physician.

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