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Wastewater-based surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and human enteric viruses

The detection of viruses in wastewater by molecular analyses, allows the epidemiological surveillance of human diseases transmitted by the fecal oral route, such as enteric viruses, or excreted with feces or urine, as the case of SARS-CoV-2.

Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA by molecular techniques in wastewater, sewers, and sludge has showed its potential as an early warning tool and can be used as an epidemiological indicator of emerging variants of concern. Similarly, the surveillance of noroviruses, HAV, HEV and rotaviruses in sewage is useful to assess their circulation in the population as well as to provide information on the circulating types or variants.


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   Comparing analytical methods to detect SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater
   Evaluation of viral concentration methods for SARS-CoV-2 recovery from wastewaters
   SARS-CoV-2 RNA in wastewater anticipated COVID-19 occurrence in a low prevalence area

Special Issues in scientific journals

   SARS-CoV-2 in the environment
   SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater: Methods, Epidemiology and Future Goals”


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VATar COVID-19: Microbiological surveillance in wastewater and bathing water as an epidemiological indicator for an early warning system for the promptly detection of SARS-CoV-2 in Spain

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Role of water in SARS-CoV-2 transmission (COVID- 2019 – SCI)

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Role of water in SARS-CoV-2 transmission (COVID- 2019 – SCI)

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