Researchers say 2016 Olympic waters feature 'Super Bacteria'

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2016 Olympic Waters Feature 'Super Bacteria' Researchers Say

The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are still about two years away, but problems with pollution are already surfacing.

Researchers announced Monday they found a drug-resistant bacteria known as Klebsiella pneumoniae Carbapenemase, or KPC, in the waters of Flamengo Beach, an area surrounded by Guanabara Bay where Olympic water sports are supposed to take place.

Contracting the KPC bacteria can result in pneumonia, blood infection and urinary tract infection.

Brazilian news outlet VEJA reports scientists from Instituto Oswaldo Cruz took multiple samples from waters in Rio in July. The super bacteria found in Flamengo is reportedly often found in hospital waste.

Which wouldn't come as a complete shock. The area is known for subpar sewage disposal systems. The BBC reports, "Nearly 70% of sewage in Rio - a city of some 10 million people - is spilled raw into the waters of Guanabara Bay."

Despite the government getting $1 billion in loans over the last 20 years to clean up the bay, it still remains a mess.

"Officials cite new sewage treatment plants, floating garbage barriers and small trash collecting vessels called eco-boats as measures to prepare the bay for 2016," reports Simon Romero for The New York Times.

Officials say locals have been notified of the dangerous bacteria and are being told to stay away from the area for now.

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Researchers say 2016 Olympic waters feature 'Super Bacteria'

People enjoy the Flamengo beach --despite being not suited for swimming due to polluted waters- in Rio de Janeiro on December 16, 2014. A group of experts have found a drug-resistance bacteria, normally found in hospitals, in the Guanabara Bay waters --where some of the Olympic Games 2016 water sports competitions will take place. 

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People enjoy the Flamengo beach --despite being not suited for swimming due to polluted waters- in Rio de Janeiro on December 16, 2014. A group of experts have found a drug-resistance bacteria, normally found in hospitals, in the Guanabara Bay waters --where some of the Olympic Games 2016 water sports competitions will take place. 

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People enjoy the Flamengo beach --despite being not suited for swimming due to polluted waters- in Rio de Janeiro on December 16, 2014. A group of experts have found a drug-resistance bacteria, normally found in hospitals, in the Guanabara Bay waters --where some of the Olympic Games 2016 water sports competitions will take place. 

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People enjoy the Flamengo beach --despite being not suited for swimming due to polluted waters- in Rio de Janeiro on December 16, 2014. A group of experts have found a drug-resistance bacteria, normally found in hospitals, in the Guanabara Bay waters --where some of the Olympic Games 2016 water sports competitions will take place.

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A man looks at polluted water flowing into the Flamengo beach in Rio de Janeiro on December 16, 2014. A group of experts have found a drug-resistance bacteria, normally found in hospitals, in the Guanabara Bay waters --where some of the Olympic Games 2016 water sports competitions will take place. 

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Former England Sevens' rugbier, Ollie Phillips (R), plays with residents of the Rocinha favela at Flamengo beach in an initiative supported by the Rio 2016 Organizing Commitee's Education Department on October 9, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Picture taken from the top of the Urca Hill showing part of Rio de Janeiro's Botafogo Beach (L) and the neighbourhoods (L-R) of Laranjeiras, Flamengo, Santa Teresa, Lapa and Centro (Downtown), on June 18, 2013 as the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 football tournament is being held in the country.

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An aerial view of the Aterro do Flamengo and Flamengo beach ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 on June 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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People enjoy Flamengo beach in front of the Sugar Loaf hill, in Rio de Janeiro, on December 11, 2012. Ten days before tha start of the summer, temperatures in the city have already reached 38°C.

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View of the creek of Botafogo and Flamengo Beach in the south of the city. Rio de Janeiro was founded on 447 years ago, on the 1st of March of 1565 by Portuguese Estacio de Sa with the name of Sao Sebastiao of Rio de Janeiro. It was the capital city of Brazil from 11882 until 1960, when Brasilia was created with that purpose. Rio is also known as City of God or The Marvelous City. In the following years will host very important events, such as the Confederations Cup and the World Youth Day in 2013, FIFA World Cup in 2014, America Cup in 2015 and the Summer Olympics in 2016. 

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Hannes Arch of Austria flies above the large crowd on Flamengo beach during the Red Bull Air Race Qualifying Day on May 8, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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A large crowd fills Flamengo beach as Paul Bonhomme of England negotiates the track during the Red Bull Air Qualifying Day on May 8, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Sugarloaf Mt., View Of Flamengo Beach And Corcovado.

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