In light of the current threat of swine influenza in Mexico and certain U.S. areas, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is urging the industry to ensure a high level of sanitation at all times in order to minimize the possible outbreak or spread of infection. AH&LA encourages hoteliers to stay informed and to develop strategies and precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of employees and guests. As we reminded people during previous health scares, it's important to "be prepared, but not panicked."
The CDC recommends frequent hand washing, minimizing touching their nose and mouth, and immediately discarding any tissues used for coughing. Employees who exhibit flu symptoms should not report to work and stay home, minimizing contact with others. If flu symptoms persist or worsen, medical treatment should be sought.
As of April 27, there have been no reported cases of swine influenza found in U.S. hotels. Plans in place by federal and state health officials to immediately contain and treat the individuals afflicted by this influenza strain are being implemented. Americans should remain alert to the symptoms of the flu but should realize that health officials are taking all necessary steps to help treat those individuals and contain the disease before it spreads. There have been no deaths reported from this influenza strain in the United States.
AH&LA is providing online resources to assist the industry as well as serving as a conduit for information and advice from government and experts on this public health crisis. For the most accurate and timely information, click here.