Sunday, July 21, 2019
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4 scabies infected VTA driver; A dozen buses were quarantined – Story

– Valley Transportation Authority employees say there is no risk of infection. This, after four of his drivers had been infected with scabies – a small bug that burrows under the skin and causes an itchy rash.

The VTA staff quarantined a dozen buses at Mountain View's northern yard.

"VTA has commissioned a shredder to additionally clean the buses. This is an extra precaution. To make sure our employees and the public have no cause for concern, "said Brandi Childress, a spokeswoman for the VTA.

Scabies is a small beetle or a small mite that drills into the skin. Once there, it causes a rash that spreads out of the fingers. Some passengers fear that the equipment used in their single transport method will now be quarantined for exposure.

"It's scary, but I have no (other) choice because I only have VTA," said bus passenger Sherajum Monira.

A scab infection is generally treated with a topical antibiotic, and Santa Clara County Vector Control officials say the infection comes from closer personal contact. Not from driving or touching a bus.

"It's generally unlikely that you'll get it, say, shake hands or a hug or anything like that. Sitting in a chair is also unlikely, "said Dr. Noor Tietze from the Vector Control District of Santa Clara County.

VTA officials say they will have all 130 buses stationed at their North Station cleaned at the weekend. They absorb the seats and wipe hard surfaces with bleach.

"We take the maintenance and cleanliness of our buses very seriously," said Childress.

The 12 affected buses run on four lines – lines 22 and 522 from San Jose to Palo Alto and lines 55 and 88, which run north of the district.

One driver told KTVU that he and others were worried that more workers could show symptoms in the coming days.

"I was somehow worried, yes, most of all, that we could bring that to our families," he said.

VTA officials say they've distributed information and logs to some 1,600 bus drivers to find out how four have become infected with scabies.

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