SAN JOSE, Calif. (BCN) – Valley Transportation Authority officials say there is no risk of infection to the riding public. This has become infected with scabies – a small bug that burrows during the skin causing an itchy rash.
VTA workers moved to boxes buses into quarantine Friday at the authority's north yard in Mountain View.
"VTA has hired and exterminator to conduct extra cleaning of the buses. This is an added measure of precaution. To make sure our employees and the public have no reason to worry, ”said Brandi Childress, a VTA spokeswoman.
Once there, it causes a rash spreading from the fingers. It is now quarantined for exposure.
“It's scary. But I have no (other) option. Because I only have VTA, ”said bus passenger Sherajum Monira. Not from riding or touching a bus.
"It's generally unlikely to get it from, let's say, shaking hands or something like that. Sitting on seats, it's unlikely as well, ”said Dr. Noor Tietze of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
VTA officials say they'll have all 130 buses stationed at their north yard cleaned over the weekend. They'll vacuum the seats, and wipe down hard surfaces with bleach.
"We do the maintenance and cleanliness of our buses seriously," said Childress.
The 12 impacted buses operate on four lines – the 22 and 522 from San Jose to Palo Alto, and the 55th and 88th who operate in the northern part of the county.
One driver duty KTVU he and others are concerned more workers could show symptoms in the coming days.
was child or worried, yeah, especially that we could bring this home to our families, ”he said.
VTA officials say they've distributed information and protocols to approximately 1,600 bus drivers, if they work to determine how four became infected with scabies.