We were staying at a Hotel in Turkey and on day 5 our child became ill with HFMD ( hand, foot and mouth disease) the hotel Dr sent us to the hospital, on the same day 3 families with very young children were all admitted all from the same hotel. We had not flown in on the same flight, nor had any contact until we met at the hospital. The hotel kicked all of us out! Is this normal?
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Obviously the word "normal" is loaded in this context, but:
- HFMD is transmissible via the air, so apart from forcing you all to wear masks (how?), sending you all away may have been prudent if the hotel wished to minimize exposure to other guests, and perhaps liability.
- The fact that four different families all fell ill around the same time in the same place surely underscored the urgency of the situation.
- In most parts of the world you are not guaranteed accommodation, for example if you show up with a gun a hotel might refuse you, regardless of whether your gun is legal. Likewise if you show up with a fish in a tank, or durian!
- Different cultures treat illness differently. I can't speak directly to Turkey (nor do I even know if the hotel proprietor was Turkish), but it's possible that they viewed your sick children as something like a bad omen. If that were the case, as travellers we ought to accept it to the extent possible.
I hope that the hotel offered you a refund for any remaining days of your stay, and helped you find alternative accommodation.