RIO DE JANEIRO (BDCi) – Scientists in Brazil have found a drug-resistant “super bacteria” in the waters where sailing events will be held for the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, the most respected health research institute in Brazil, took samples from various spots along the Carioca River and discovered an enzyme-producing bacteria resistant to most forms of treatment.
One of these spots is where the river flows into Guanabara Bay, the site of the Olympic sailing events.
Bacteria with the KPC enzyme, known to be difficult to treat, are usually found in hospitals.
Though no instances of infection have resulted from the contaminated water, the institute warns of the possible danger to swimmers.
The bay’s cleanliness and purity were brought into question earlier this year when the media reported on the garbage and debris that fill the waters, including a dead dog.
The government has pledged to clean up Guanabara Bay before the 2016 Rio Olympics.