Rio Water Sport Venues Are Teeming With Fecal Viruses

Around 169 million gallons of human waste flow into Guanabara Bay every day. And that’s just a fragment of the problem plaguing all of Brazil, where, as The New York Times points out, about two-thirds of hospitalizations are blamed on waterborne disease, and where diarrhea diseases are the second-leading cause of death among Brazilian children younger than 5.

On July 11, 25 days before the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee issued a statement announcing in all caps that “RIO 2016 IS READY TO WELCOME THE WORLD.” Several paragraphs below, it addressed the many rumors—or are they?—that Guanabara Bay and Lagoa, the water-sport venues where Olympic sailors, rowers and canoers…

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