Forget covid, the Las Vegas strip may have a new health problem

In the past two years, epidemiologists have learned a lot about real-time surveillance of infectious diseases.

One lesson learned is that wastewater can tell you a lot about a population.

Therefore, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Centers for Disease Control launched the National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS) in September 2020.

The NWSS was established to coordinate and trace the Covid virus in wastewater samples collected across the country.

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

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