Two winter Olympic athletes, freestyle skiers from the Swiss team, are the first of the athletes to be infected by the highly contagious norovirus.
The virus, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, has being making its way around the Pyeongchang Winter Games and has already affected 200 people. Most of those confirmed to have been in infected with the norovirus have been Games personnel and security staff.
Until Friday, no athletes had been affected but the Swiss team spokesperson has now confirmed that freestyle skier Fabian Boesch and another skier had been infected with the virus.
The spokesperson could not mention the other athlete by name saying that the family had not been informed yet.
The Swiss team stated that the rest of the team was safe and that they did everything they could.
"We took them away from the rest of the team and now they have to recover,” the spokesperson said.
The Swiss Olympics said in a statement that precautions were taken by ensuring that the athletes were taken to a single room and avoided contact with other athletes.
The Internation Olympic committee had said earlier on Friday that the two “unwell” athletes were not staying in the athletes village.
Boesch, who the Swiss Olympic team said contracted the virus a few days ago, had become a social media sensation at the Winter Games after he posted a video of himself hanging onto the outside rail of an escalator as it moved upward.
The team also said that both athletes’ symptoms had subsided and that they could potentially still compete.
The Swill Olympics added: "Please note that athletes who have had the norovirus are allowed to compete if they are in good physical health, have been tested by the Swiss medical team, take all precautionary measures and the IOC (International Olympic Committee) has been consulted."
The freestyle competition started on February 9 and will run until February 23.