Science & Tech Spotlight: Wastewater Surveillance
Science & Tech Spotlight: Wastewater Surveillance, GAO-22-105841, Apr 2022
Public health officials have detected COVID-19 outbreaks through wastewater surveillance—testing for viruses that enter sewer systems in human waste. The technology has also been used to detect other pathogens and even chemicals, such as opioids. The recent pandemic spurred investment in wastewater surveillance. It could detect public health problems faster than individual testing—so why isn't it more widely used?
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Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) (STAA)
United States of America
Science & Tech Spotlight: Wastewater Surveillance (STAA)