‘Don’t put your head underwater’: visitors warned over Olympics pollution

  • AP survey claims Rio waterways are as polluted as ever
  • Olympic opening ceremony takes place this Friday

Just days before the start of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press.

Not only are some 1,400 athletes at risk of getting violently ill in disciplines such as sailing and open water swimming, but the AP’s tests indicate that tourists also face potentially serious health risks on the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana.

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