Amstel reopens after Legionnaires' scare
1 November 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The luxury Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam has re-opened following a Legionnaires' scare last month that forced the evacuation of its guests.
1 November 2004
AMSTERDAM — The luxury Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam has re-opened following a Legionnaires' scare last month that forced the evacuation of its guests.
In order to reopen, the hotel disinfected its piping network and installed a filter system. Subsequent checks have given the hotel the all clear, a spokesman told news agency AFP. The hotel was reopened on Saturday.
Traces of the bacteria which can cause the potentially deadly Legionnaires' disease were discovered in the hotel during a routine health and safety inspection on 21 October.
Health board officials ordered a ban on guests and personnel taking showers and baths in the hotel. Management decided as a precaution to close the hotel pending the results of further tests. The guests were transferred to other high-class hotels in Amsterdam.
The bacteria is spread through contaminated water and ventilation pipes.
Cases involving the bacteria that can cause high fever and pneumonia date back to 1947. People infected by the disease can die if not treated with antibiotics.
The disease was first identified and got its name after an outbreak at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia killed 29 people in 1976.
The last major outbreak in the Netherlands occurred at the Westfriese Flora flower exhibition in Bovenkarspel in 1999 when 32 people died.
The Amstel Hotel was first opened in 1867 and currently has 55 rooms and 24 larger suites. A host of celebrities have stayed at the hotel while in Amsterdam. The most recent include Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Rolling Stone Mick Jagger.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news, Amstel Hotel