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Even Far From Shore, Rio Olympic Water Dangerously Polluted, AP Finds

Posted by Maggie Miller on December 3, 2015 at 4:40 AM

GRNlive correspondents available in Rio de Janeiro.

NBC News: Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waterways are teeming with dangerous pathogens, both far offshore and near land, where raw sewage freely seeps into them, testing by the Associated Press shows. Waters at the host site of the 2016 Summer Olympics were first examined by the AP in July, in the first independent testing for both viruses and bacteria at competition sites. Brazilian officials and the International Olympic Committee only test for bacteria. The July water samples revealed a shocking level of viruses and bacteria from human feces — in some cases, up to 1.7 million times what would be considered hazardous on a California beach, according to the AP.

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