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Bali-wide Screening Urged for Legionnaires

Hotel & Restaurant Association Calls for Legionnaires Screening to be Included in Routine Health and Hygiene Screening at All Bali Hotels.

(2/19/2011) The Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali) has recommended to the Bali Health Department that routine tests certifying hotels are free of the bacteria linked to Legionnaires disease become part of the hygiene and sanitation certification process now in place for all hotels on the island.

As reported in Beritabali.com, the PHRI-Bali secretary, Perry Markus, claims concrete proof that every hotel is free of Legionnaires disease is important to the overall image of Bali tourism. Such a certification process, moreover, would mesh nicely with the routine schedule of health checks now carried on at Bali hotels.

Expanding on his idea, Markus said: "Current there are tests carried out on food and drink, tests conducted on the food handlers and even tests on the water. The routine tests on water comprise chemical, physical and bacteriological tests. In the present bacteriology examination there are tests for E coli and Salmonella, to which should now be added tests for legionnaires."

The Bali Department of Health conducts hygiene and sanitation inspections on starred hotels in Bali once every six months.