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Norovirus is spreading to Athletes at the Olympics

Sources claim that almost 200 people are already affected by the virus which has caused vomiting and diarrhea among them. The victims also include Swiss skiers. The winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea has ended up leaving the participants with a nasty stomach. This has also occurred among the security guards and other officials.

Until Tuesday almost 199 cases were confirmed out of which 154 have managed to get back to work while the others are still under observation. Most of the victims resided in the Horeb Youth Centre Dormitory where security staff members resided. The cases were reported to Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Two affected freestyle skiers are Fabian Boesch and Elia Ambuehl according to the media. They have moved away for some rest and treatment to recover and avoid spreading of the virus.


Norovirus is also called as the winter stomach bug. It happens to be highly contagious and causes infection amongst people with diarrhea and vomiting. It’s most common cause is gastroenteritis which causes inflammation and irritation in the gut. The organism goes into the gastrointestinal tract and affects the stomach and intestines. Dr. Floyd Wromley who is a professor of immunology and microbiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio told that this virus can cause nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. The victims can also get muscle aches and low-grade fever.

You can identify the symptoms usually around 12 to 48 hours after infected with the virus and a few who are infected may not face issues. The illness will not prolong for a long time. It will approximately be there for 24 to 72 hours and will be fine within a few days. The sickness does not have a particular treatment other than supportive care. The victim should consume lots of fluids and rest. In case there is no cure after a particular period it is better to seek the doctor and seek treatment for the infection.

It spread by fecal-oral route when people consuming food or beverages come into contact with the contaminated fecal matter and touch the contaminated surface. It spreads from person to person. A handful of 10 to 20 people who are infected with the virus can spread it to a large number of people with the disease. This contagious will be found in your stool in a span of two or three weeks. People do not need to get admitted to the hospitals to recover from it. They can take care by themselves at home and get better. The best ways to get rid of the germs is by washing hands and sanitizing regularly. It is a must to wash hands with soap and water for at least 30 secs after using public transport, before eating or avoiding biting of nails all the time.

The contagious bug can still be contagious even after getting cured. There should be care taken at least for a week or two to keep the surrounding areas clean and tidy. This virus can keep attacking you over the period of time to it is better to remain cautious about it and stay away from coming in contact with them.

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