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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Metro Issues Viral Meningitis Alert After Driver Diagnosis, Washington

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority issued a health alert on Monday afternoon for a situation involving a Metrobus operator on the 14th Street bus line who has been diagnosed with viral meningitis.

According to a media advisory from the transit agency:

Metro has taken a bus out of service and is notifying customers about a health concern today 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 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 & Buchanan Sts NW to L'Enfant Plaza
• Route 54, 8:03 a.m. trip from L'Enfant Plaza to 14th & Colorado Sts NW
• Route 52, 9:00 a.m. trip from 14th & Colorado Sts NW to L'Enfant Plaza

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 tonight. Read More