Forget Covid, the Las Vegas Strip could have a new health issue

The past two years have taught epidemiologists a great deal about real-time surveillance of communicable diseases.

One of the lessons learned is that wastewater can tell a lot about a population.

So, in response to the covid-19 pandemic, the United States Centers for Disease Control launched the National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS) in September 2020.

The NWSS was created to coordinate and track the covid virus in sewage samples collected across the country.

“This allows sewage monitoring to serve as an early warning that COVID-19 is spreading in a community. Once health departments are aware, communities can act quickly to prevent the spread of COVID-19 “, states the CDC.

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