Kenyan Hoteliers Fear Spread of E-Coli From Germany

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Kenyan hoteliers want a detailed statement on an E-coli outbreak in Europe.

E-coli is a bacteria linked to raw or undercooked meat, unwashed vegetables and fruits.

Its symptoms are severe abdominal cramps and diarrhoea.

Coast Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers chairman Titus Kangangi said there were fears that tourists from Germany would spread the disease in the country.

Mr Kangangi suggested that tourists from that country be screened at Kenya’s ports of entry by Public Health ministry officials.

He warned that without precautions, tourists interacting with the locals were bound to transmit the disease.

Mombasa and Coast Tourist Association chairman Mohammed Hersi said the Public Health ministry should take a leading role.

“The health status of the visitors needs to be checked before they enter the country,” he said.

Mr Hersi said the epidemic should not be cause for alarm among hoteliers as there were few visitors from Germany at this time.

“Charter flights in this low season are few and an infected person from Germany is unlikely to travel, but stringent measures need to be in place,” he said.

Baobab Beach Resort general manager Adam Sheikh said the government should monitor the epidemic as hotels had multi-racial customers and the infection could spread.

“In the event the disease attacks a visitor from another country, hotels may be liable to hefty compensation to the client,” he warned.

Hotel staff and other visitors would not be spared he added.

Public Health Director Shanaaz Shariff said the disease was found everywhere in the world and there was no need for alerts.

Hoteliers, he said, should not be scared of visitors from Europe.

“There is no cause for alarm to warrant the screening of visitors coming from Germany,” Dr Shariff added.