NPR: COVID sewage surveillance labs join the hunt for monkeypox


Wastewater surveillance techniques have been used in the early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks. They are now being used to monitor monkeypox infections in cities with a high propensity for monkeypox cases such as San Fransico and other cities. The use of this technology has been on the rise since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been effective in detecting a rise in cases. The Sewer Coronavirus Alert Network has ramped up the use of this tool after the Biden Administration declared the monkeypox outbreak as a national emergency. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet begun to report monkeypox results on their national wastewater surveillance system which currently only reports results for COVID-19 The full article by Mark Kreidler can be read here on NPR. For more on COVID-19 click here

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