Winter Olympics Norovirus Outbreak: Total Infected Now at 275

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Volunteers during evacuation from the press center in the Gangneung Olympic Park due to strong winds - Sputnik International
PYEONGCHANG (Sputnik) - The number of cases of norovirus infection at the Winter Olympics in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang has increased to 275, Olympics organizing committee’s spokesman Sung Baik-you said on Sunday.

According to the spokesman, nine new cases were registered in Pyeongchang, five others — in Gangneung, while a total of 225 people recovered, the spokesman told reporters.

The norovirus is a highly contagious illness that is transmitted through food, water and skin-to-skin contacts. The fist symptoms usually occur in 24-48 hours after the infection. The virus causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain, and is known to cause some 200,000 deaths annually around the world.

Yuki Ito, of Japan, practices for the women's ski jump competition in the 2018 Winter Olympics at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Center in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. - Sputnik International
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In order not to get infected, it is necessary to wash hands before food intake, drink bottled or boiled water and to wash fruit and vegetables before consumption.

At least 1,200 workers were quarantined when the virus was first reported, causing host country South Korea to quickly deploy hundreds of soldiers as backup.

The 2018 Winter Games started on February 9 and will last through February 25.

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