In an already dramatic 2018 Winter Olympics, news has surfaced that a rare case of the Norovirus has caused nearly 1,200 security guards to be pulled from duty. Organizers detail that 41 guards began violently vomiting as a result of the aggressive virus. After these guards were taken to the hospital and treated, officials relieved other guards in the facility of their duties in efforts to prevent it from spreading even more. The withdrawn guards were then replaced by 900 members of the military who will carry out their duties.
Details were revealed in a statement from Pyeongchang Olympic officials:
“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,” the statement said.
“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.