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Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Metro bus driver has viral meningitis; agency warns riders, employees

Metro said a bus operator on its 14th Street Line has been diagnosed with viral meningitis.

The bus operator last drove on Friday morning between the hours of 7:13 a.m. and 10:18 a.m.

The operator drove on the following routes:

*Route 52, 7:13 a.m. from 14th and Buchanan streets NW to L’Enfant Plaza.

*Route 54, 8:03 a.m. from L’Enfant Plaza to 14th and Colorado streets NW.

*Route 52, 9 a.m. from 14th and Colorado streets NW to L’Enfant Plaza.

The bus has been removed from service until it can be “thoroughly sanitized,” Metro said. In addition, Metro said it will disinfect all 164 buses at its Northern Division Monday night.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said the driver went to the hospital Friday morning and was diagnosed late Friday. Before Friday, he said, the employee had been on vacation and not driving a bus.

Viral meningitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control, is “generally less severe and resolves without specific treatment,” Metro wrote in a press release. The symptoms of viral meningitis usually last seven to 10 days.

Metro said anyone who shows symptoms of the illness should contact a doctor.

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