Tests point to meningitis bacteria in MTA worker

Maryland health officials say the death of a bus driver apparently infected with the meningitis bacteria does not pose a significant risk to the public.

The Maryland Transit Administration employee died Tuesday at Union Memorial Hospital. The Baltimore City Health Department says tests suggest the individual was infected with the meningococcus bacteria. MTA spokesman Terry Owens says the 46-year-old bus operator had been with the MTA for 21 years.

Health officials say the bacteria is not casually transmitted and the risk to the public is extremely low, but antibiotics are recommended for those who were in close contact. The department said it was working with the MTA and met with workers at the agency's Kirk Avenue station.

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