The UK government used wastewater surveillance as an early warning system to detect local outbreaks across the country. This data showed a spike in COVID-19 on the South Coast despite relatively low numbers of people seeking tests.
Wastewater surveillance is already used as an early warning system in care homes, college campuses, hospitals, prisons and more, as community threats can be monitored without requiring individuals to give blood or saliva samples.
Wastewater from the building is automatically collected throughout the day and samples are analysed on-site, using state-of-the-art PCR techniques.
This provides the prevalence of viral or bacterial disease outbreaks in the community.
This data is provided on the same day, to implement rapid response measures.
We can monitor any community that lives or works from a common building.
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Wastewater surveillance can detect viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 in as few as one infected person amongst 10,000 healthy people.
On-site community testing using wastewater costs less than distributing lateral flow tests to the whole community.