Rio’s Ocean Water Found To Be Raw Sewage In Latest AP Report
The sailing, rowing, triathlon and marathon events take place in a Olympic host city's nearest usable body of water. For Rio de Janeiro, that may be hundreds of miles away, because according to a new AP report, the raw, untreated sewage they've been pumping into their rivers and bays is everywhere.
Think about this. The world's greatest athletes are being asked to float around in that shit. Literally -- it's human poop. And it's not just immediately off the coast. The dookie water stretches further out to sea than had been previously thought, meaning the city's planners are gonna have their hands full figuring out a safe place for Olympians to swim.
[AP] A new round of testing by The Associated Press shows the city's Olympic waterways are as rife with pathogens far offshore as they are nearer land, where raw sewage flows into them from fetid rivers and storm drains. That means there is no dilution factor in the bay or lagoon where events will take place and no less risk to the health of athletes like sailors competing farther from the shore.
"Those virus levels are widespread. It's not just along the shoreline but it's elsewhere in the water, therefore it's going to increase the exposure of the people who come into contact with those waters," said Kristina Mena, an expert in waterborne viruses and an associate professor of public health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. "We're talking about an extreme environment, where the pollution is so high that exposure is imminent and the chance of infection very likely."
...Viral levels were all 30,000 times higher than what is highly alarming in the U.S. or Europe at each of the AP's new offshore sampling sites: at a point 600 meters (yards) offshore and within the Sugarloaf sailing race course; at 1,300 meters (yards) offshore within the Naval School sailing circuit; and at a spot inside the Olympic lagoon where rowing lanes are located, about 200 meters (yards) from shore.
Poop, guys. The IOC is asking competitors to swim in a toilet bowl.
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