American rowers are ill after competing in polluted water set to hold Olympic events next year

Oh no.

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Thirteen rowers that competed for Team USA in the World Junior Rowing Championships suffered stomach illnesses after competing on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, where the Olympic and Paralympic rowing events will be staged in 2016.

The Associated Press investigated the quality of the water in an eye-opening report published last month, and found that the heavily polluted water contained so much bacteria it was “1.7 million times the level of what would be considered hazardous on a Southern California beach.”

Via the AP:

“The test results found high counts of active and infectious human adenoviruses, which multiply in the intestinal and respiratory tracts of people. These are viruses that are known to cause respiratory and digestive illnesses, including explosive diarrhea and vomiting, but can also lead to more serious heart, brain and other diseases.

The concentrations of the viruses in all tests were roughly equivalent to that seen…

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