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Hotel Hygiene: Watch Out For The Water

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Hotel Hygiene: Watch Out For The Water

  1. 1. www.liquitech.com To enjoy your hotel stay, be on the alert for waterborne illnesses that could be lurking. The most important concerns: Cryptosporidiosis and Legionnaires’ Disease. Here’s what you need to know. HOTEL H YGIENE: WATCH OUT FOR THE WATER HOTELS AND WATERBORNE ILLNESS The CDC reports the following. What you see may surprise you. WHAT IS LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE? • A pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria that must be treated immediately. • Early symptoms are coughing, shortness of breath, nausea and chest pain. • Water heaters, cooling towers and warm, stagnant water promote its growth. • Airborne moisture in hotels can contain the bacteria. 33% OF RECREATIONAL WATERBORNE DISEASE OUTBREAKS OCCUR AT HOTELS. 90% OF LEGIONNAIRES’ OUTBREAKS ARE PREVENTABLE WITH BETTER WATER MANAGEMENT. CASES OF CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS OCCUR ANNUALLY IN THE U.S., MOSTLY IN POOLS AND HOT TUBS. 748,000+ Liquitech.com: Hospitality and commercial WHAT IS CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS (CRYPTO)? • Crypto is a disease caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium. • You get it from swallowing water contaminated with fecal matter from an infected person. • Symptoms are nausea, vomiting, weight loss, cramps, pain and fever. • CDC-approved levels of chlorine in a pool will not kill it. HOTEL HEALTH TIPS FOR TRAVELERS Hot tubs and showers increase your chances of inhaling Legionella. Ask the hotel if it follows AHLA standards for monitoring and mitigating Legionella bacteria. Don’t go in recreational water if you’ve had diarrhea within the last two weeks. Shower before you go in the pool to remove germs that could contaminate the water. Never swallow water in pools, hot tubs or showers. Report incidents of diarrhea in the water immediately. Take kids on frequent bathroom breaks and check diapers in a diaper-changing area, not near the pool. Watch out for scalding beverages and scalding water in showers and sinks. Drink bottled water whenever you can. Avoid brushing your teeth with tap water. Research the quality of drinking water in the area you are visiting. 68˚-122˚F Legionellae growth range 95°-115°F Ideal growth range 131˚F Legionnellae die within 5 – 6 hours. 122˚F Above 122˚F, Legionnellae can survive but do not multiply. 151°F Legionellae die within 2 minutes. Below 68˚F Legionnellae can survive, but are dormant. Cold water in storage tanks, piping, decorative fountains and other equipment should be kept below 68˚F. 140°F Legionellae die within 32 minutes. 158°-176°F Rapid kill range. Heat water to 158˚F for disinfection. LEGIONELLAE GROWTH CHART Mcgrawimages.buildingmedia.com Sources Osha.gov: faq.pdf | Wqpmag.com: Diarrheal outbreaks frequently linked swimming pools Continuingeducation.bnpmedia.com: Water safety and efficiency in hospitalitybuildings Makefoodsafe.com: Avoiding legionnaires disease in hotels

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