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Pathogenic viruses represent one of the greatest threats to human wellbeing. As evidenced by the COVID-19 global pandemic, however, halting the spread of highly contagious diseases is notoriously difficult. Successful control strategies therefore have to rely on effective surveillance. Here we describe how monitoring wastewater from urban areas can be used to detect the arrival and subsequent decline of pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2. As the amount of virus shed in faeces and urine varies largely from person to person, it is very difficult to quantitatively determine the number of people who are infected in the population. More research on the surveillance of viruses in wastewater using accurate and validated methods and subsequent risk analysis and modelling is paramount in understanding the dynamics of viral outbreaks
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Science & Health
Early online date12 Jun 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jun 2020
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