There have already been health concerns from athletes about the conditions in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, because of the presence of the Zika virus.
Now, athletes should be paying even more attention.
According to a recent report by Reuters’ Brad Brooks, a study has now discovered the presence of a drug-resistant “super bacteria” off the beaches in Rio. The bacteria was discovered on one of the beaches that was set to play host to open-water and triathlon swimming events.
The bacteria can reportedly cause gastrointestinal, pulmonary, urinary and bloodstream infections that can not be treated and can ultimately lead to death.
This is just the latest concern over the contaminated water in Rio, so athletes who will deal with water events will need to seriously consider all of the risks involved in competing in this summer’s games.
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