Authorities investigating outbreak of norovirus at Winter Olympics


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Noticias Médicas Univadis
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Authorities in Korea including the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), and the PyeongChang County Public Health Center are conducting joint epidemiological investigations in response to an outbreak of norovirus at the site of the Winter Olympics.

A total of 177 cases of norovirus were confirmed at the site between February 1 and 11. Forty-two new cases were confirmed alone on February 8, most of which were among security staff at the Horeb Youth Centre. On February 9, 11 new cases were confirmed, with 19 cases confirmed on both February 10 and 11. 

It comes as thousands of people descend on Korea to attend the games, which continue until February 25. The Winter Paralympics take place from March 9 to 18.

Authorities have implemented a number of preventive measures such as distribution of hand sanitisers to help stop the spread of infection, sanitary inspections of communal dining areas, and monitoring of patients with suspected infection. Two polyclinics and 52 medical stations have been established to provide medical care for athletes and visitors to the games.