KWR in the news G.J. Medema - Dutch scientists find coronavirus in wastewater; increases scope of sewage surveillance
“Dutch scientists were able to detect the presence of the dreaded coronavirus in sewage waters collected from the town where the first COVID-19 case was reported in the Netherlands. The findings are significant as it could pave the way to develop a monitoring system in the future against impending coronavirus outbreak.
According to the report published by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, sewage water surveillance is a good way to monitor if viruses such as SARS-COV-2 are present in the population. “Using molecular methods, the virus that causes COVID-19 was detected in wastewater at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, in Tilburg and at the wastewater treatment plant in Kaatsheuvel. This plant treats the wastewater from Loon op Zand, the town where the first reported COVID-19 patient in the Netherlands lives,” the report said.”
(Citation: KWR in the news G.J. Medema – Dutch scientists find coronavirus in wastewater; increases scope of sewage surveillance – www.theweek.in (2020)31 March)