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Korea: Confirmed norovirus cases now at 128 at Winter Olympics

Korean health officials reported an additional 42 confirmed norovirus cases today, bringing the outbreak total to 128 over the past week.


Of the new cases, 34 are security staff at the Horeb Youth Centre and eight are from the Gangneung and PyeongChang areas.

The norovirus outbreak has affected not only security personnel, but cases are reported in police officers, reporters and other Olympic workers and students.

Korean CDC says the following measures have been taken:

Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that often goes by other names, such as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu, and food poisoning.

The symptoms include nauseavomitingdiarrhea, and some stomach cramping. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills,headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people, the illness is self-limiting with symptoms lasting for about 1 or 2 days. In general, children experience more vomiting than adults do.

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Norovirus is spread person to person particularly in crowded, closed places. Norovirus is typically spread through contaminated food and water, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth and close contact with someone who is vomiting or has diarrhea.