Wastewater surveillance and the related epidemiological assessment emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic as a tool to ensure timely and relevant intelligence gathering independent of behaviour (e.g. preparedness to test) and interventions (e.g. the quantitative assessment of virus particles in sewage revealed trends and its strong correlation with clinical cases). At European and but also global level there is an ongoing effort to increase related surveillance capacities for (pandemic) preparedness, control of infectious diseases, AMR surveillance, and a better evidence-based integration of this type of surveillance into other types of routine surveillance by focusing on complementarities that environmental data can bring for instance to clinical surveillance.
This not only requires the integration and consolidation of wastewater-based surveillance systems in institutional and public health related perspective, but a quantum leap in combining the data obtained from wastewater with other information sources related to population dynamics, mobility and health statistics. This webinar will address the current state-of-play and inform about forthcoming developments to extend the tool’s possibilities for future possible outbreaks of other pathogens of concern or the emergence of threats of environmental or chemical origin.
Speaker: Bernd Manfred Gawlik, Portfolio Co-Leader Zero-Pollution for Planetary Health - Integrated Responses at European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Ocean and Water Unit.
Join online via Webex on 18. October 2023 from 11.00 to 12.30 (UTC+2)
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