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More Norovirus Cases Reported At Olympics

Thursday, February 08, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Olympic organizing committee says another 42 cases of norovirus have been reported at the Olympics, bringing the total to 128 in the past week. Most of the cases, 97 in all, are people staying at a youth center in Pyeongchang that housed security personnel for the games.

About 1,200 people there were sequestered, forcing the military to step in to help with security. Those who have tested negative for norovirus have been released from quarantine and returned to work.

Eight of the new cases have been reported in Pyeongchang or in Gangneung, the seaside city where ice sports will be held. The sick people have been quarantined and officials are trying to figure out how they got the virus.

Norovirus is a common, infectious bug that causes unpleasant symptoms including diarrhea and vomiting but doesn't require medical treatment.