U.S. rowing team to wear ‘sewage-proof’ suits in Rio

U.S. rowing team to wear ‘sewage-proof’ suits in Rio
(Image via rio.com)

[Ed. – Someone is probably counting the ways the Rio Games are already melting down before they even start.]

Athletes are staying away because of Zika virus concerns, police are saying they won’t be able to protect tourists and a Reuters report says a drug-resistant “super bacteria” has been found Guanabara Bay.

This is all on top of an Associated Press story from earlier this month that noted “bacteria from human sewage has in all of Rio’s Olympic and Paralympic water venues. They include the Guanabara Bay, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, where the rowing competitions are to be held.”

The good news for U.S. rowers is that they have sewage-proof suits. …

Unfortunately, a Wired.com story said the suits may not help.

“They will literally be immersing themselves in very high levels of pathogens,” Katherine Mena, who researches waterborne pathogens at the University of Texas School of Public Health told Wired. “The infection risk will be pretty high.”

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