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Don’t drink the water during the Summer Games in Brazil

Posted by Betonline team on 8/5/2016 2:47:20 AM
Don’t drink the water during the Summer Games in Brazil

There is the old American joke of “don’t drink the water” when crossing the border to Mexico. Well, it could be much worse in Rio, which hosts the Summer Olympic Games.

An expert released a report that said the Brazilian water is so highly contaminated that she suggests that athletes do not put their heads under water. The problem is there are some water events where athletes are required to do just that.

Swimmers and boaters could be mostly affected.

The Associated Press completed a study that said that Rio’s water had up to 1.7 million times greater viral levels than what would be dangerous in the United States and Europe. Drinking just three teaspoons of the water could cause heart and brain inflammation and respiratory illness. No one wants to see swimmers leave the water and become violently ill.

The report said that 90 percent of test sites showed infectious adenovirus. “Don’t put your head in the water,” Dr. Valerie Harwood, chairperson of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida told the AP. “That’s a very, very, very high percentage. Seeing that level of human pathogenic virus is pretty much unheard of in surface waters in the U.S. You would never, ever see these levels because we treat our waste water. You just would not see that.”

Much of the fresh water in the mountains of Brazil is drinkable. The problem is it travels through industrial sites and garbage is deposited into the water as it travels to Brazil.

The result is dangerous water.

Meanwhile, the Olympic village is already in disrepair and is not ready for early arriving media members and athletes. Xinhua News Agency posted photos of busted sinks, battered beds and also reported that many rooms lacked electricity.

The Australian team was forced to evacuate because of a basement fire. While they were gone thieves stole laptops, clothing and other personal belongings. The village opened in the middle of July and an emergency team of 630 workers is repairing leaking pipes, blocked toilets, exposed wire and the smell of gas.This hardly sounds like the Hyatt or the Marriott.


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