A month before the 2016 Olympic games, a group of Brazillian scientist discovered a drug-resistant bacteria growing off the shores of some Rio del Janeiro’s most beautiful beaches.
According to Renata Picao, lead researcher, said the “Super bacteria” penetrated the city’s waterways when sewage coming from local hospitals got channeled into the bay.
In an interview on CNN, Picao said they have been detected the bacteria in coastal waters during a year of research in five beaches in the city.
“We found that the threats occur in coastal waters in a variety of concentrations and that they are strongly associated with pollution.”
The news buzz amid the Rio’s preparation to host hundreds of thousands of athletes and tourists around the globe next month for 2016 Summer Olympic games.
Among the beaches discovered with the said bacteria, were Flamengo and Botafogo, which border the bay where Olympic sailor are set to compete.
Picao believes that the city’s “fragile” sanitation infrastructure is a major responsible for the super bacteria presense in the Rio waters.
According to Cedae, Rio’s water utility, said they followed the criteria established by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The water utility also added that the city’s sewage is now 51% treated, a far from 11% in the last seven years.
The other beached that tested positive in the bacteria were Leblon and Ipanema, which are popular among tourists and locals.
The anticipated Rio Olympics is set to run from August 5-22.