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Winter Olympics: 1,200 security guards withdrawn after norovirus outbreak

They were transferred to hospital and most were diagnosed with a norovirus infection

AFP / PTI  |  Pyeongchang (South Korea) 

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A security drill ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pyeongchang

More than 1,200 security guards have been withdrawn from the Pyeongchang because of a norovirus outbreak, organisers said on Tuesday.

Out of the group, 41 suffered a sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhoea on Sunday.

They were transferred to hospital and most were diagnosed with a norovirus infection.

Norovirus is highly contagious and can also be spread through food or water contamination.

"The 1,200-odd people were pulled out from their duties," an official of the told AFP. "They were replaced by some 900 military soldiers."

Health authorities were investigating the origin of the virus, he said.

The security guards, all employees from a security company, had been accommodated at a youth training centre in Pyeongchang, separate from the athletes' village.

First Published: Tue, February 06 2018. 11:58 IST
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