New Delhi, Sep 27 (PTI) Mapping flooded areas and stormwater drain networks using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing technology can assist in preventing vector-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria, which surge during the monsoon every year, say experts.
Wastewater surveillance, which gained popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic, is an essential tool in comprehensive public health and lifestyle monitoring, and its need and benefits exceed that of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, said experts on Sunday.
Shrirupa Sengupta, Director, Swasti-The Health Catalyst emphasises that there are still several communities in India who are at the last mile with little or no access to our public health system.
A recent study has discovered large levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Bengaluru’s open drains that cause longer hosiptalisation and higher mortality.
With the flu-like cases on the increase in the city, Bengaluru’s Precision Health initiative, a wastewater surveillance programme piloted by the COVIDActionCollab (CAC) has widened its scope to study the prevalence of H1N1, influenza, and monkeypox.
December 2023 will mark the third anniversary of the discovery of SARS-COV2, the virus at the source of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is no less important today to monitor the rapidly changing virus than it was three years ago.
In March 2020, the Austrian ski town of Ischgl—known for 239 kilometers of uninterrupted runs and an exuberant après-ski scene—suddenly became infamous as the site of the one of the first COVID-19 superspreading events.
Precision Health is a platform that is open to initiatives and organizations who want to study environments like wastewater for Covid-19, antimicrobial resistance, and other viruses.
Wastewater surveillance is increasingly used to track COVID-19 infections and the spread of new variants. Linda Geddes speaks to Dr Angela Chaudhuri about the Bangalore-based initiative she helped establish,
During the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the cities’ administration’s response have been city-wide and universal such as (i) with city-wide lockdowns as containment measures, (ii) testing and tracing symptomatic cases and (iii) universal roll out of vaccination programs.
Sewage-based surveillance for COVID-19 has been described in multiple countries and multiple settings. However, nearly all are based on testing sewage treatment plant inflows and outflows using structured sewage networks and treatment systems.
Dr Angela Chaudhuri, Health Lead, COVIDActionCollab in an interaction with Viveka Roychowdhury talks about wastewater surveillance program for COVID-19 initiated by the COVIDActionCollab in Karnataka
An independent project monitoring wastewater in 46 locations in Bengaluru has interesting data that could potentially work as a city-wide early warning system for COVID-19 outbreaks.
A sewage surveillance system providing municipal authorities with data about the presence of the novel coronavirus has found 31 per cent of samples collected from open drain canals since November 28 are registering as positive.
Recently, more than 40,000 people living in around a dozen suburbs in Sydney were asked to get tested for Covid-19 after traces of the novel coronavirus were found in sewage water in the areas despite no new local cases.
The Karnataka government is introducing a city sewage surveillance system in Bengaluru that will help officials track the novel coronavirus at an early stage, even among asymptomatic persons.