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Palestra | In the Weeds: technical considerations for environmental surveilance | Scott Meschke



In the weeds: technical considerations for environmental surveillance

Environmental surveillance, chiefly sampling of wastewater as a composite indicator of disease dynamics in a target population, has gained traction as a public health tool during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.  This presentation will provide a detailed overview of the use of environmental surveillance as a public health tool.  Specific use cases for environmental surveillance will be discussed for a variety of pathogen targets.  Technical and logistical challenges with respect to sampling, processing, and analysis of wastewater samples will also be covered.  A special focus will be made on the interpretation and action ability of surveillance data.