Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found Along Olympic Beaches In Rio
One of the areas affected is the site of the Olympic sailing competition.By Ryan Biek | July 5, 2016
Brazilian researchers have found drug-resistant bacteria along several of Rio de Janeiro's beaches, and the Olympics are merely a month away.
This kind of bacteria, known as "super bacteria," can't easily be killed by antibiotics. The scientists believe it entered the water when raw sewage from local hospitals was directed into the bay.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes at least 2 million people become infected with this kind of bacteria each year, causing 23,000 deaths.