OUTBREAK ALERT: Military Deployed As Norovirus Strikes Winter Olympic Security Guards

by | Feb 7, 2018 | Emergency Preparedness, Headline News | 20 comments

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South Korea, the home of the 2018 Winter Olympics, has deployed 900 military personnel after 1,200 security guards contracted the highly contagious norovirus. Although the guards were pulled from their duties at the Winter Olympic facilities in Pyeongchang, the virus is still spreading.

“The military personnel … will be responsible for security checks of the 20 venues as they take up jobs such as security searches, previously done by civilian safety personnel until the patients’ condition is normalized,” a statement from the Pyeongchang Olympics committee said.

The norovirus is an infection which causes the sudden and severe onset of diarrhea and vomiting; symptoms which begin within 12-48 of exposure and can be painful. The virus is highly contagious and commonly spread through food or water that is contaminated during preparation or contaminated surfaces. You can also be infected through close contact with an infected person. Most people will cover without treatment in three days, however, hospitalization can occur if victims are infants or elderly.

Organizers said this viral infection is particularly bad. Of the 1,200 guards removed from duty, 41 had suffered a sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhea on Sunday and all had been taken to a hospital. The outbreak comes just days before the opening of South Korea’s 2018 Winter Olympics on Thursday.The Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said in a statement Monday that the 41 security guards had been staying at the same building in Pyeongchang. “KCDC dispatched an immediate response team to the Pyeongchang site to check additional people for symptoms, check the origin of the exposure, take measures to control infection, and prevent spread,” the statement said.

It’s still not clear how the security guards become infected with the virus in the first place.¬†Water and food at the accommodations sites are currently being tested. Meanwhile, the Winter Olympics committee said it would strengthen checks on sleeping quarters for staff working at the games to prevent further infections.

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    20 Comments

    1. Jim in Va.

      Ingest some Kimchi, that will cure just about anything except bad breath.

    2. Babycatcher

      False flag in the making?

      • NEC_Wrangler

        when 1200 people all call in sick at the same time………

    3. Heartless

      Excuse the heck out of me; but, I do not believe in coincidence as regards this outbreak. Most especially when it seems that the security for the event is being affected first for the most part. Add in the replacement of private security with military? Yeah, and I’ve got a bridge to sell ya. I may be being done for good purpose. I don’t know. But suspicious me, I don’t buy it.

      • Yahooie

        Indeed, a bad moon rising.

    4. Deplorable Neal Jensen

      Now just think, if a WHOLE Olympic village and tourists all get it (just like cruise ships tend to do)…..It will be the 2018 Winter Olympic Vomit games instead. They will be handing out tin pails rather than gold medals, and who knows if it will be televised. there used to be a program on late night called “Hurl” for those with vomit fetishes.

      Glad I avoid such things as highly containerized populations and situations.

    5. Brian

      Go to Mexico and catch “Montezuma’s Revenge”;go to South Korea and catch “Porky’s Revenge”. The Norovirus is usually associated with cruise ships, day-care centers, senior centers, and hospitals. Dehydration is a major problem especially for young people and elderly. Herbal teas and electrolyte drinks help with this;mix liberally with your favorite brand of liquor. Even if someone offered to pay my way, I would insist on a full bodysuit and face mask (good luck on getting that through security), lots of freeze dried food and my own water supply or purification system. The Norovirus joins the other viral outbreaks that are already underway. Jim in VA is right about kimchi. Imagine spending all that money to go there and end up in your hotel room vomiting your guts out!

    6. aljamo

      That is likely not as bad as the flu type virus still spreading in the states. I got it 11 days ago and no improvement yet. I don’t usually get ill in the winter, very rare. I don’t remember this weather pattern in Florida of one cold front after another with next to no warm periods in between. It seems highly suspect with the incidence of flu and so far out of the normal winter. This is anything but normal. A friend got it with loss of ability to breathe freely and fluid build up in the lungs after never having this problem.

    7. Sgt. Dale

      Fear Porn, but if I remember correctly Norovirus is just a bad cold!
      Sgt.

      • Concerned Citizen

        Sgt: If you consider puking and shitting like a wild banshee, then yes, you are correct my friend…

      • DMONIC

        You remember correctly Dale. BUT- whatever is going around here in the states I believe was engineered in a lab.

      • Aussie Tornado

        Norovirus is mostly extreme diareah and vomiting (acute- literally out of nowhere), usually upto 5 days. Easily caught & spread within a household, first sign of it, start disinfection asap, qaurintine affected persons asap.
        Extreme dehydration is a side affect- either start an IV line with Isotonic solution, or try and suggest rehydration mix (sips only, any large amount will induce vomiting).
        Source: am a nurse.

    8. Anonymous

      The Deep State’s CDC strikes again?

    9. Bandit

      900=1200? Hmm.

    10. B from CA

      Ginger, fennel seed, and ordinary black pepper boil in spring water or distilled water. This tea reduces nausea and vomiting, and helps to hydrate.

      Blueberries help with diarrhea.

      Walking for one mile or more outdoors, breathing deeply, helps to clear out the lungs. Walking in rain is good for the lungs. Just dress appropriately and stay dry.

      Chicken broth from boiled chicken bones with added garlic has natural antibiotic and is good for hydration.

      _

    11. Brian

      The norovirus spreads mostly by consuming foods and fluids and by long contact with someone affected. It seems to be easier to avoid than the influenza.

    12. Aussie Tornado

      Nice, quiet way to insert military boots on the ground without really raising an eyelid, no?

    13. Diana

      It wouldn’t surprise me if NK had something to do with this. Don’t forget – nukes aren’t their only wmd’s. They also have chemical and bio weapons too.

      Hopefully I am wrong…..because if I’m not, then the Olympics will not end on a good note.

    14. Bob1

      There is something really wrong with this story. Norovirus is very contagious, it does result in sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhea. But, it isn’t “that” much of a threat to justify the need to relieve 1200 security personnel if only 41 cases were identified. This is an attack rate of only 3.4% and most of the other security personnel would not be exposed. Also, because of the short incubation period of norovirus, additional cases would present over the next few days. But, prevention measures could have been taken to prevent additional cases, Additionally, “all had been taken to hospital.” is very odd. Most healthy young adults will be sick but won’t need hospitalization or a trip to the hospital. Perhaps a handful would have dehydration bad enough to need fluids, but all 41? Also, if they all were sick within a short period of time, this would indicate a point-source exposure. So, was this an intentional act or simple food-borne illness? Is this really Norovirus or another pathogen that is more severe? Or, is this a cover story for removing security and replacing with the military because it is needed based on a credible threat?

      • Yahooie

        I think the patients being taken to the hospital was a means of quarantine to avoid this being spread any more than it already has. Time will tell on how far this goes.

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