CDC – Rio Olympics Crew Boat Challenge

Staying Alive?

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Rio Olympics – Toilet Diving Competition

Athletes. Heed this good advice from the NY Times, “Keep Your Mouth Closed: Aquatic Olympians Face a Toxic Stew in Rio“.

RIO DE JANEIRO — Health experts in Brazil have a word of advice for the Olympic marathon swimmers, sailors and windsurfers competing in Rio de CDC_Rio_2016_OlympicsJaneiro’s picture-postcard waters next month: Keep your mouth closed.

Despite the government’s promises seven years ago to stem the waste that fouls Rio’s expansive Guanabara Bay and the city’s fabled ocean beaches, officials acknowledge that their efforts to treat raw sewage and scoop up household garbage have fallen far short.

In fact, environmentalists and scientists say Rio’s waters are much more contaminated than previously thought.

Recent tests by government and independent scientists revealed a veritable petri dish of pathogens in many of the city’s waters, from rotaviruses that can cause diarrhea and vomiting to drug-resistant “superbacteria” that can be fatal to people with weakened immune systems.

Poop-Suit Olympics

We’re filing this bit of sludge under the heading of “bring your own TP”.

The Kansas City Star reports, “U.S. rowing team will use sewage-proof suits at Rio Olympics.”

It’s a month before the start of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and each day seemingly brings more disturbing news.

Athletes are staying away because of Zika virus concerns, police are saying CDC_Suit_Upthey 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.

2016 Zika Olympics, Rio de Janeiro

CDC_Zika_Olympics_RamirezWe thought that reprising some of our favorite “CDC Chic” images might  be fun viewing as you make your travel arrangements to Rio de Janeiro.  The 2016 “Zika and Poop” Olympics is waiting.  Don’t drink the water, eat the food, go outside, God-forbid go near Guanabara Bay, breath the air…..

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