Military Replaces Olympic Security as Norovirus Hits PyeongChang

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Update: The New York Times reports the number of confirmed norovirus sufferers jumped to 86 from 32 in two days. Officials are still investigating the source of the outbreak as it has spread beyond security personnel to members of the Olympic Organizing Committee. No athletes are reported to have the virus.

Just days away from the 2018 Winter Olympics, over 1,200 PyeongChang Winter Olympics security personnel have been put on the injured list.

According to USA Today, 32 of the workers have confirmed cases of the norovirus. It’s a winter bug that hits you with severe vomiting and diarrhea, and it can move through contamination of food or surfaces and the close contact of people who have been infected. All of the security was pulled off duty for fear of spreading the infection any wider.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Gus Kenworthy of the United States competes in the Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Slopestyle Finals during day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

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The security taken off duty were mostly checking and scanning baggage and credentials for those entering venues hosting competition. They have been asked to remain in their rooms until the cause is investigated and no further cases are found. So far, 900 military personnel have been brought in from 40 miles away to take over the duties of those that are ill.

If traveling, don’t be one of the 20 million Americans that get crushed by the norovirus each year. To stay healthy, here are the tips you should follow.




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