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Winter Olympics 2018: Military replace civilian security guards due to outbreak of norovirus
13:26, 7 February 2018
Winter Olympics 2018: Military replace civilian security guards due to outbreak of norovirus

Dozens of guards fell ill due to the fast spreading virus; about 1,200 men were temporarily replaced

13:26, 7 February 2018

Eurosport

The private security guards of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are being replaced by the South Korean military. This is due to the fact that dozens of them were infected with the norovirus.

According to BBC Ukraine, the staff began to experience health issues on Sunday; 41 cases of vomiting and diarrhea were reported. 

About 1,200 men had to stand down. 900 military servicemen have replaced them by Wednesday noon.

The urgent measures are conducted; epidemiologists check water and food supplies for possible contamination.

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Norovirus, sometimes referred to as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common cause of gastroenteritis. Infection is characterized by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Fever or headaches may also occur. This usually develops 12 to 48 hours after being exposed. Recovery typically occurs within 1 to 3 days. Complications may include dehydration.

The extremely contagious virus is usually spread by the oral route. This may be by contaminated food or water or person-to-person contact. It may also spread via contaminated surfaces or through the air. Risk factors include unsanitary food preparation.

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