Olympic officials: Norovirus outbreak under control
by Leigh Jones
Posted 2/13/18, 11:01 am
South Korean officials have traced a norovirus outbreak at the Winter Olympics to a youth training center providing food for staff and volunteers at the Pyeongchang Games. Investigators with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found fecal coliform bacteria in the water supply at the Horeb Odaesan Youth Training Center. The vicious stomach bug has sickened at least 194 people, although no athletes are known to have caught it. Once the training center stopped cooking meals and workers began a campaign to encourage hand washing and use of hand sanitizer, the number of norovirus cases dropped “considerably,” officials said. Norovirus spreads quickly in close quarters, and Olympic organizers feared a mass outbreak when cases first appeared last week. The virus can stay active for up to two weeks, even after its victims begin to feel better.
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Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on education for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Digital.