A “super bacteria” has recently been found in the waters of where the sailing events will take place for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Several news officials have already warned the Olympic managers of the potential threat the bacteria can cause towards the Olympians. Brian Foster, head of the Olympic committee said, “We understand the importance of keeping everyone safe during the events, so we will do our best to contain the bacteria and minimize it as quickly as possible.” Since 70% of the sewage in a city of 12 million people is going into the ocean without treatment, it is a perfect place for bacteria to grow and thrive. Water quality tests show a very high level of waste in the water, making it unfit for anyone to swim in it.
The most well known institute in Brazil, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, discovered that the bacteria is not affected by most the treatments. This bacteria has been found around numerous spots along the Carioca River. One of the spots flows directly into the Guanabara Bay, the site for the 2016 sailing and wind surfing events. “Super bacterias” are usually very resistant to drugs and are normally found in hospitals, making them difficult to treat. The bacteria has a KPC enzyme which fights back against known prescription drugs, but no evidence of dangers has been seen yet. The institute said that if you do not immediately fall ill, you can run the risk of becoming carriers of the microorganisms.The bacteria and the quality of the water pose a serious threat for those competing in the events.