LOS ANGELES, CA - Planning a trip to Rio De Janeiro to watch the best athletes in the world compete for the Gold? Well then health experts in Brazil have just one word of advice for you and all of the marathon swimmers, sailors, and windsurfers competing in Rio’s picturesque waters in August. Keep your mouth shut.
Despite many promises by government officials to stem the waste that pollutes Rio’s expansive Guanabara Bay seven years ago, officials acknowledge that their efforts to treat raw sewage and scoop up household garbage out of their waters have fallen short. You heard us right… swimming in Rio means backstroking through raw sewage and garbage.
In fact, environmentalists and scientists say that Rio’s waters are much more contaminated than they previously thought.
Recent tests by scientists revealed a veritable petri dish of pathogens in many of the city’s waters, from rotaviruses that can cause diarrhea and vomiting to drug resistant “super bacteria” that can be fatal to people with weakened immune systems. Professor Picao and other health experts say that unlike residents who have built up a tolerance to the sewage-born pathogens, foreign visitors are more likely to fall ill after contact with contaminated waters.
She said, “If they couldn’t clean things up for the Olympics, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I’m afraid it might never happen.”
So again, if you are going to Brazil to compete in or watch the Olympics just please, keep your mouth shut! Victory may not taste as sweet as you think.