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Norovirus Scare Among Security Guards at 2018 Winter Olympics Increases Caution

Yet another plot twist in this Korean drama. But not the one you watch on your KD channel.

Caitlyn Morral

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A potential norovirus outbreak has led to the quarantine of over 1,200 Olympic security agents in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Each personnel member must stay in their designated rooms until they have been tested and deemed clear of any sign of the virus.

Pyeongchang is currently preparing to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. With the opening ceremony just days away, an indication of norovirus could potentially harm anyone involved with this year’s games. According to NBC, the outbreak initially sparked an investigation when forty-one security guards fell ill with diarrhea and vomiting.

As for the 1,200 people who are undergoing cautionary testing, they will remain in seclusion until it is certain that they have not contracted norovirus and will not be a hazard to anyone else’s health.

The opening ceremony for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will still be held on Friday, Feb. 9. For now, Olympic officials are going to use proper measures to ensure that their security staff is healthy enough to fulfill their roles for the next few weeks.

 

 

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Catilyn is a student at St. Bonaventure University in New York. She's a writer and Digital Producer for CMN.

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