South Korea tourism little affected by norovirus outbreak
Central News Agency
2014-01-12 10:22 AM
Taipei, Jan. 12 (CNA) Travel to South Korea by Taiwanese has remained steady despite several cases of novovirus, the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans, contracted by Taiwanese tourists, officials said. With the help of Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC), local travel agencies have been able to identify the restaurants in South Korea suspected to have provided contaminated food to the tourists, according to Tourism Bureau official Chin Yu-chen. Roget Hsu, secretary-general of the Travel Agent Association of the Republic of China, said no significant drop in tourist numbers has been reported. "South Korea used to respond very passively to this issue, but it has improved," Hsu said. According to CDC quarantine physician Luo Yi-chun, about 357 tourists from 23 groups visiting South Korea developed diarrhea and gastroenteritis, symptoms of norovius, between late December and earlier this month. The outbreak was traced to food poisoning, with people in two groups reporting symptoms after eating roast pork at a big restaurant near Seoul. Hsu said he is not concerned that travel to South Korea during the Lunar New Year will suffer a setback in the wake of the cases, adding that most trips to the country have been confirmed weeks before. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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