BMA warns of Legionnaire's disease risk
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) urged hotels and malls to clean air-conditioner systems as a precaution following a recent random check that found several hotels had legionella bacteria which could pose a risk of respiratory diseases.
BMA Health Office environmental sanitation division head Injira Niyomtoon Monday said the agency's random check on hotels, malls and theatres had found some premises with dust, bacteria and fungi, but the situation wasn't worrisome. One or two hotels were found to have legionella bacteria, which could stem from poor ventilation or sub-standard carpet maintenance. The city instructed them to clean the areas and qualify for the "Clean and Green" sign to boost customers' confidence.