Brazil will be the first southern hemisphere nation to host an Olympic Games. They have been particularly criticized for their failure to control sewage and general garbage that finds its way untreated into waterways and eventually the ocean. High counts of dangerous viruses and bacteria have been found. Much of Rio has no sanitary sewer system, including many modern looking apartment buildings.
Brazilian officials are also trying to reassure those participating in equestrian events that there is no danger of contagion from the bacterium that causes glanders, a communicable and fatal disease. The venue where the equestrian events are to be held had recently had a positive case of the disease.
The horses that would compete in the Olympics, aside from their value as a sentient and beautiful athlete, carry hefty price tags. Highly skilled equestrian horses may have multi-million dollar price tags.
Glanders had been eliminated in the US, Canada and Europe for decades. It is endemic in Brazil among that country’s horses, donkeys and mules.
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