October 23, 2013
THE DISTRICT
School worker
died of meningitis

The cafeteria manager at a D.C. elementary school died last weekend of a form of bacterial meningitis, school system officials said Wednesday, emphasizing that the infection is not typically contagious and that children were not believed to be in danger.

Officials did not release the name of the employee, who worked at Nalle Elementary in Southeast Washington.

The employee had pneumococcal meningitis, an infection of the membranes surrounding brain and spinal cord. It is caused by the same bacteria that causes ear infections and pneumonia, D.C. health officials said.

“Many people carry the bacteria in their nose and throat without becoming ill,” the Health Department said in a letter to Nalle families and staff members Tuesday. Direct contact with an infected person “does not typically result in transmission of the disease,” the letter said.

Nalle was cleaned and disinfected “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a statement from the school system.

— Emma Brown

Man’s body found
at Metro station

The body of a man believed to be in his 30s was found at the Judiciary Square Metro station, a Metro spokesman said Wednesday.

Philip Stewart said officials received a report about 2:45 p.m. of a body behind a low wall on the platform level for Shady Grove-bound Red Line trains. D.C. Fire and Emergency Services and Metro Transit Police responded to the call. When they arrived, they found the man.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Stewart said officials did not know the circumstances of his death or how his body came to be at the station. Metro Transit Police tweeted a message that there were “no signs of foul play.”

— Lori Aratani

MARYLAND
Riders are sought
to test new ATV trail

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is looking for riders to evaluate a new off-road vehicle trail in Savage River State Forest.

The agency said Wednesday that it has scheduled four test rides through December for 15 registered riders.

Riders must apply by mail or in person at the forest headquarters near Grantsville at least five business days beforehand. Monday is the deadline for the applications.

— Associated Press

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