AP: Viruses and bacteria infest Olympic waterways in Rio
12:53, 1 August 2016

AP: Viruses and bacteria infest Olympic waterways in Rio

Tests prove viral levels to be almost two times higher than that allowed by EU and U.S. environmental agencies

12:53, 1 August 2016

Scientists warn that water ponds and other waterways in Rio are hazardous for people, specifically for athletes who are soon to perform at the Summer Olympic Games. According to Associated Press, not only are some 1,400 athletes at risk of getting violently ill in water competitions, but the AP's tests indicate that tourists also face potentially serious health risks on the golden beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana.

The first results of the study published over a year ago showed viral levels at up to 1.7 million times what would be considered worrisome in the United States or Europe. At those concentrations, swimmers and athletes who ingest just three teaspoons of water are almost certain to be infected with viruses that can cause stomach and respiratory illnesses and more rarely heart and brain inflammation - although whether they actually fall ill depends on a series of factors including the strength of the individual's immune system.

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