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New Olympic Shocker: Bacteria-Carrying Hospital Waste in Water

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 Jul 2016 10:19 AM

Preparations for next month's Rio de Janeiro Olympics games took a new turn for the worse on Monday as a dangerous "super bacteria" was discovered in the water.

CNN reports that waste from local hospitals entered the Rio's waterways and may have spread to the shores of the resort city's famous powder-sand beaches, where scientists are now taking samples.

The Olympics preparations have already been plagued by reports of shoddy construction, rampant crime, financial distress and political instability.

Brazilian scientist Renata Picao, commenting on the bacteria scare, told CNN:

"This bacteria colonizes the intestine and it goes along with feces to the hospital sewage. … We are making this alert because, if athletes get infected there is a chance this bacteria is multi-resistant and the physicians should know about this."

Last week, body parts that washed up near the Olympics volleyball site at Rio's Copacabana Beach added to worries about rising crime, political instability, and the Zika virus.

And the city has been rocked by a series of gun battles as police attempted to recapture a drug trafficker who escaped from a hospital. The shootings killed 10 people.


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Preparations for next month's Rio de Janeiro Olympics games took a new turn for the worse on Monday as a dangerous "super bacteria" was discovered in the water. CNN reports that waste from local hospitals entered the Rio's waterways and may have spread to the shores of the...
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