TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Less than two weeks after a 42-day driver strike ended, Sun Tran is quarantining five buses over the next three days in response to a scabies scare.
A Sun Tran spokesperson said a bus driver was exposed to scabies and that the bus company is doing the quarantine as a precaution.
Officials said the bus driver reported being itchy, went to the clinic, and was told that it was scabies. The driver was relieved of duties at that point.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scabies is a mite that burrows into the skin where it lives and lays eggs. An infestation causes intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash.
Sun Tran spokeswoman Kandi Young said it is important to note that scabies is passed through skin-to-skin contact and the risk is extremely low to be passed through surfaces on the bus.
Still, riders said they wish Sun Tran would have alerted them.
"Oh I think it's awful. Just clean it up real well, sanitize it and make it safe," rider Anne Maria Quijada said.
Another rider, Troy O'Brian, said it just is not tolerable.
"That's real nasty, Sun Tran needs to get it together," O'Brian said.
Young did not know which routes the five buses were on, but said the buses will be cleaned before being put back into service.