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Preliminary Study of Sars-Cov-2 Occurrence in Wastewater in the Czech Republic.
Int J Environ Res Public Health ; 17(15)2020 07 30.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-693595
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The virus SARS-CoV-2, which has caused the recent COVID-19 pandemic, may be present in the stools of COVID-19 patients. Therefore, we aimed to detect SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater for surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in the population. Samples of untreated wastewater were collected from 33 wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) of different sizes within the Czech Republic. SARS-CoV-2 RNA was concentrated from wastewater and viral RNA was determined using real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). SARS-CoV-2 RNA was detected in 11.6% of samples and more than 27.3% of WWTPs; in some of them, SARS-CoV-2 was detected repeatedly. Our preliminary results indicate that an epidemiology approach that focuses on the determination of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater could be suitable for SARS-CoV-2 surveillance in the population.
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Full text: Available Database: MEDLINE Type: Article Main subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Coronavirus Infections / Waste Water / Betacoronavirus Subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Coronavirus Infections / Waste Water / Betacoronavirus Language: English Year: 2020