VTA takes 12 buses out of service after 4 drivers get scabies

By Alix Martichoux, : sfchronicle – excerpt

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority has taken 12 buses out of service after four drivers were infected with scabies.

The VTA first became aware of the problem Saturday, when the first driver affected reported the skin irritation. Three other employees have since suffered the same issue.

Scabies is caused by a parasite called the human itch mite, according to the Center for Disease Control. “The microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. The most common symptoms of scabies are intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash,” explains the CDC…(more)

Public transit systems cannot get a break this week. Personal experience in Ecuador leads me to believe that scabies love buses. They jump off the seats onto the meal. Fortunately they are easy to get rid of. Hard to miss this annoying pest. Buses need to be fumigated.

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