Don’t Get in This Water

BBC News – Brazil Olympics: Super-bacteria found in Rio sea waters.

Researchers in Brazil have discovered a drug-resistant bacteria in the sea waters where sailing and windsurfing events will be held during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

70% of Rio de Janeiro’s sewage is untreated and is dumped into the bay.  The superbugs are resistant to most antibiotics.  Treating infections caused by the bacteria requires hospitalization and toxic drugs.

In its Olympic bid, Rio promised to reduce pollution in Guanabara Bay by 80%.

But in June Rio Mayor Eduardo Silva admitted the target would not be met.

Watch out.

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2 Responses

  1. I’ve often heard that Flamengo beach is best avoided, but this has come as a shock. Thanks for blogging about this!

  2. Just two points; the Mayor is Eduardo Paes, and not all beaches in Rio are unsafe. Popular tourist beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema are outside the polluted bay and thus safer. Still, the city has work to do!

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