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Plenary 8: Emerging Issues and New Technologies 3 - SARS-CoV 2
Thursday, 25/Aug/2022:
10:50am - 12:00pm

Session Chair: Darko Joksimovic
Location: Lecture Hall BMT

BMTEG138 (HS BMT), Biomedical Engineering Building at Stremayrgasse 16, 8010 Graz, ground floor

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10:50am - 11:10am

Whole campus wastewater surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 for COVID-19 outbreak management

Yehonatan Sharaby, Yael Gilboa, Yuval Alfiya, Sara Sabach, Uta Cheruti, Eran Friedler

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

In this long-term study students’ accommodation in the Technion were monitored through wastewater surveillance. Results were used to create a ‘traffic-light’ scheme allowing the Technion’s COVID-19 committee to follow the COVID-19 spread in the campus. 87.4% of the samples were negative for SARS-CoV-2 RNA while 11.5% were positive, corroborating morbidity information the COVID-19 committee had. 1.1% of the samples were positive, while the committee had no information about positive students. In these events, new cases were identified after students were tested for COVID-19. The study emphasises the importance of wastewater-based epidemiology for COVID-19 monitoring, and as an early warning system.

11:10am - 11:30am

Wastewater based epidemiology: deriving Omicron shedding rates from sewer data

jeroen langeveld1, johan post2, remy Schilperoort2, gertjan medema3

1tu delft; 2partners4urbanwater; 3kwr

Wastewater surveillance or wastewater based epidemiology (WBE) for SARS-CoV-2 has seen a rapid development since early 2020. Several authors have attempted to model the incidence data derived from the number of positive tests in formal testing facilities, using sewer data. In this abstract, we describe the research performed aiming to derive Omicron shedding rates based on sewer and incidence data.

11:30am - 11:50am

Passive Sampling for Sewage Surveillance: A review

Elnaz Karamati Niaragh1, Rebekah Henry1, Heather M Murphy2, Ilya Law2, Yussi Palacios Delgado1, David T McCarthy1

1Environmental and Public Health Microbiology Laboratory (EPHM Lab), Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton, Victoria, 3810, Australia; 2Water, Health and Applied Microbiology Laboratory, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph

  • Passive sampling was an effective tool for detecting a range of pathogens in sewage.
  • Passive samplers have been progressively optimized for wastewater-based epidemiology.
  • Results of SARS-CoV-2 provide another step for promising applications of the passive sampler.