COVID-19: Wastewater-based Epidemiology Webinar

The importance of wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) has recently gained global attention, since scientific reports indicated that the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater is proportional to the number of COVID-19 patients in a sewershed.

Detection of pathogenic viruses has been extensively applied over decades by members of the International Water Association's Health-Related Water Microbiology (HRWM) specialist group.

In this webinar, updated information about wastewater-based epidemiology for SARS-CoV-2 and other important viral water pathogens - including poliovirus, Hepatitis E virus, adenovirus and norovirus - will be introduced.

The potential of WBE to be installed as an early disease warning system in public health will also be discussed.

Programme and Speakers:

Prof. John Scott Meschke, University of Washington, USA
Title: Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater, lessons from the Poliovirus surveillance experience

Dr. Ana Maria de Roda Husman, RIVM, the Netherlands
Title: Testing virus in urban sewage for molecular epidemiology studies: SARS-CoV-2 and Hepatitis E virus in wastewater

Prof. Veronica Rajal, University of Salta, Argentina
Title: Virus as contaminants in river water impacted by wastewater: enteric viruses and SARS-CoV-2

Assoc. Prof. Daisuke Sano, Tohoku University, Japan
Title: Virus monitoring in sewage for early warning of infectious diseases, Norovirus and SARS-CoV-2

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A and discussion.

Event: COVID-19: Wastewater-based Epidemiology
Date and Time: July 21, 10 - 11:30 pm JST
Venue: Online (from the Netherlands)

This event is in English and is open to anyone who is interested.

Registration is required and can be done here.


Daisuke Sano
Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University

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