Olympics Organizing Committee Claims End of Norovirus Outbreak
REUTERS/ Fabrizio BenschAsia & Pacific07:49 19.02.2018Get short URL
PYEONGCHANG (Sputnik) – The Organizing Committee of the Winter Olympics in South Korea has managed to prevent the spread of norovirus infection, which causes abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea, committee’s spokeswoman Nancy Park said on Monday.
On Sunday, the number of cases of norovirus infection at the Olympics increased to 275, according to the committee.
Currently the South Korean Health Ministry is working on ensuring the prevention, while 243 people have already recovered, the spokeswoman said at the press conference.
The norovirus is a highly contagious illness that is transmitted through food, water and skin-to-skin contacts. The fist symptoms usually occur in 24-48 hours after the infection. In order not to get infected, it is necessary to wash hands before food intake, drink bottled or boiled water and to wash fruit and vegetables before consumption.
The illness usually causes vomiting, diarrhea and unbearable stomach pain, and is known to cause thousands of deaths annually around the world.
Earlier, local media reports linked norovirus outbreak to purpotedly contaminated water.
The 2018 Winter Games started on February 9 and will last through February 25.