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Passive Sampling of SARS-CoV-2 for Wastewater Surveillance

Christelle Schang, Nicolas D Crosbie, Monica Nolan, Rachael Poon, Miao Wang, Aaron Jex, Nijoy John, Louise Baker, Peter Scales, Jonathan Schmidt, Bruce R Thorley, Kelly Hill, Arash Zamyadi, Chi-Wen Tseng, Rebekah Henry, Peter Kolotelo, Jeroen Langeveld, Remy Schilperoort, Baiqian Shi, Steve Einsiedel Show all

Environmental Science and Technology (Washington) | American Chemical Society | Published : 2021


The shedding of pathogens by infected humans enables the use of sewage monitoring to conduct wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE). Although most WBE studies use data from large sewage treatment plants, timely data from smaller catchments are needed for targeted public health action. Traditional sampling methods, like autosamplers or grab sampling, are not conducive to quick ad hoc deployments and high-resolution monitoring at these smaller scales. This study develops and validates a cheap and easily deployable passive sampler unit, made from readily available consumables, with relevance to the COVID-19 pandemic but with broader use for WBE. We provide the first evidence that passive samplers ..

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Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Awarded by Water Research Australian Project WaterRA Project

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Victoria Department of Health and Water Research Australia's ColoSSoS program, especially the contributors to the Victorian node. We would also like to express our thanks to the owners and staff at the multiple facilities where sampling was undertaken, and in particular, the aged care facility. We appreciate Julian Druce, VIDRL, for providing the gammairradiated SARS-CoV-2. A.J. is supported by the NHMRC Career Development Fellowship -APP1126395 and Water Research Australian Project WaterRA Project 2064/20. The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute acknowledges support through the Victorian State Government Operational Infrastructure Support and Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council Independent Research Institute Infrastructure Support Scheme. The project leveraged existing equipment from an Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP160100408).