Bali Legionella outbreak: Official response from the Bali Hotels Association
Published on Jan 21, 2011
Denpasar, Bali, January 19, 2011—Recent media reports have indicated that a small number of Australian visitors to Bali in late 2010 have been infected with the Legionella bacterium, which can cause Legionnaires’ Disease. The information was passed to Bali authorities by the Australian government. The Bali Hotels Association (BHA) takes this situation very seriously. BHA members include general managers from around 100 hotels and resorts in Bali, representing more than 15,000 hotel rooms and almost 30,000 employees in the tourism sector.
Bali Health Department Chief Nyoman Sutedja told the BHA that it had not been established whether exposure had occurred on Bali, but that a full investigation is underway. Meanwhile, BHA Chairman Jean-Charles Le Coz would like to assure tourists, the public and those in the industry that the association has responded with urgency.
Le Coz noted that during a similar outbreak earlier in 2010, the association reacted immediately by telling members to perform immediate spot checks and to comply with international regulations for Legionella checks every six months.
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