Winter Olympics – Novovirus outbreak planned for years…

The norovirus outbreak that has sickened 194 staff and volunteers at the Pyeongchang Olympics appears linked to contaminated water used to prepare food, the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

According to the KCDC, norovirus has been found in 94 people linked to the Horeb Odaesan Youth Training Center, including those who ate food from the center but don’t live there.

Analysis of the center’s water discovered fecal coliform bacteria.

After the training center stopped providing meals, requested frequent hand washing and promoted the use of hand sanitizer, “the norovirus infection reduced considerably,” the KCDC said in a statement.

The illness has spread from the Pyeongchang area to Gangneung, the coastal city hosting several indoor events at the Games.


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