Exclusive: Studies find ‘super bacteria’ in Rio’s Olympic venues, top beaches

A skeletal rider sits upon a sickly pale green horse. Their representation is of disease epidemics and death.

A man runs next to sewage system flowing on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

 – June 11, 2016

Scientists have found dangerous drug-resistant “super bacteria” off beaches in Rio de Janeiro that will host Olympic swimming events and in a lagoon where rowing and canoe athletes will compete when the Games start on Aug. 5.

The findings from two unpublished academic studies seen by Reuters concern Rio’s most popular spots for tourists and greatly increase the areas known to be infected by the microbes normally found only in hospitals.

They also heighten concerns that Rio’s sewage-infested waterways are unsafe.

http://www.reuters.com

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