By Johnny Edward:
With less than a month until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games officially commence, Team Nigeria and other visitors for the Games risk being infected with a newly discovered dreaded bacteria in Brazil called Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The latest discovered comes after the the threat of Zika virus was confirmed.
According to online reports emaneting from Brazil, the bacteria dubbed the 'super bacteria' has the potential to cause meningitis, pulmonary gastrointestinal urinary tract and bloodstream infections.
The South American group’s lead researcher, Renata Picao, said Rio’s “super bacteria” made its way into the city’s waterways through sewage from local hospitals, due to a lack of basic sanitation in the metropolitan area.
She explained that intestinal bacteria was transported in patients’ faeces to the hospital sewage, which then found its way into Guanabara Bay, to eventually get to the beach.
According to the report, the 'super bacteria' was detected at Botafogo and Flamengo beaches, where sailors will compete in the Olympics. It was found in as much as 90 per cent of the water samples.
In Copacabana, where the triathlon and open-water swimming competitions will be held, 10 per cent of the water contained samples of the super bacteria.
Ipanema and Leblon, two beaches popular with locals and tourists alike, have also been affected at samples of 50 to 60 per cent.
But the good news,according to experts, these superbugs can only really cause problems for those (athletes, delegations, tourists and journalists) who are chronically ill with immunity problems.
Therefore, they may not pose a strong risk for athletes or healthy travellers.
Travellers have been warned to protect themselves from mosquito bites at all costs, suggesting long clothing, door screens and netting, and avoiding unprotected sex.
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