Hotel Okura free of Legionella
19 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — All floors of Hotel Okura in Amsterdam were opened for guests again on on Friday.
19 August 2005
AMSTERDAM — All floors of Hotel Okura in Amsterdam were opened for guests again on on Friday.
Ten of the 23 floors of the hotel were closed on Friday after an elevated concentration of the Legionella bacteria was detected during a routine check of in water pipes. The pipes have now been cleaned out and the bacteria destroyed.
The elevated levels of the bacteria was detected in the cold water pipes in eight rooms, but the management decided to seal off the 10 floors as a precaution.
As a result the hotel had to move guests to other parts of the hotel and cancel some reservations despite the fact there are thousands of extra visitors in Amsterdam for the maritime event SAIL 2005. Some guests were moved to other hotels.
Okura's Michelin Star restaurants and meeting rooms are continuing to operate as normal.
The first discovery of bacteria from genus Legionella came in 1976 when an outbreak of pneumonia at an American Legion convention led to 29 deaths.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news