>> Keep your mouth shut, advice for water sport Olympians heading to Rio this summer. Health experts in Brazil warning of dangerously high levels of viruses and drug resistant super bacteria in Rio's open waters, or what some are calling a toxic stew. Visitors report a thick sludgy surf on Rio's prime beaches and rotting fish littering the Olympic Lake.
Over the past year, small ecoboats have worked to remove debris from the sailing course where objects like sofas, TV sets, and dead animals have been found floating. Many worried little has changed since the government promised to treat sewage waste flowing into Rio's Guanabara Bay. But some regulars say there has been a noticeable difference.
> All I can do is just to look ahead to the competition and think very little about the environment in terms of the competition.
German Olympic sailor Philipp Buhl has been training on the Bay. Last year, his teammate was treated for flesh-eating bacteria. But Buhl says most athletes are more concerned about how the competition will be affected.>>
The Bay is at a level where we can expect very fair competitive conditions.>> Tourists beware, this warning doesn't only apply to athletes. Bacteria has also been found in water of Rio's upscale Leblon and Ipanema beaches, where hospital waste is drained into the sea.