Somehow, I don’t think that Rio is going to get the tourism boost they hoped for once the Olympics are done.
With the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics just one day away, ocean water along Rio de Janeiro’s famed beaches remains contaminated with bacteria and viruses.
The situation is so dire, the World Health Organization has warned athletes participating in open water sports to not swallow water, to cover any open wounds during competition and to wash off immediately after exiting the water.
Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical editor, visited Guanabara Bay, where the sailing competitions will take place, on Sunday to collect samples and see the state of the bay. He traveled with a local biologist and activist, Mario Moscatelli, who noted that there are multiple pipes dumping what appears to be raw sewage directly into the water.
“It’s pure s—,” said Moscatelli.