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Sewage surveillance: How scientists track and identify diseases like COVID-19 before they spread

Sewage testing can be used for early detection of disease. (Shutterstock) Lawrence Goodridge, University of Guelph The COVID-19 pandemic has reignited interest in wastewater surveillance, where sewage systems are monitored for the presence of viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. Non-infective fragments of the virus’s genetic material have been found in untreated wastewater in Italy, Spain, France, the United States and …

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Coronavirus: wastewater can tell us where the next outbreak will be

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Daniel Jedzura/Shutterstock Davey Jones, Bangor University Fairly early in the COVID-19 outbreak, scientists discovered that the virus that causes the disease – SARS-CoV-2 – is shed in faeces. But unlike the virus found in mucus and spit, the bits of virus found in faecal matter are no longer infectious, having lost their protective outer layer. They are merely bits of …

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