According to the Times Union, the Albany County Health Department has declared that the Albany Best Western Hotel has been decontaminated of legionella bacteria.
Since the outbreak of six cases that occurred at the hotel in September to December 2011, the hotel has been required to post signs warning hotel guests of the potential threat. Business subsequently plummeted- guests decreased by 75% and the hotel laid off 20 workers.
To combat the bacteria, the hotel replaced its water tank and flushed bleach throughout the water system.
Luckily these measures have worked. After the Department of Health approved the hotel for clearance, the signs warning guests were allowed to be taken down. Mansoor Mustafa, the general owner, looks at this clearance as an opportunity to “move on.”
The hotel is hosting a “welcome back event” for long-time customers, local officials, and tourism industry representatives on April 26, Times Union reports.
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