Covid-19 surveillance: Health regains control of wastewater

STORY – A new structure for monitoring traces of viruses in wastewater is expected to emerge, but existing devices have not been incorporated.

When a tool works, it is not uncommon for it to attract lust. Viral surveillance in wastewater could pay the price in the coming weeks, since the General Directorate of Health (DGS) is in the process of taking over the device previously placed in the bosom of the Ministry of Research.

A “New structure is being set up, thus confirms the DGS. Co-piloting is planned with the Directorate of Water and Biodiversity (Ministry of Ecological Transition) and the General Directorate of Health at the national level. ” The objective of this new structure is “To improve the existing system, make it sustainable and make it more robust”.

This decision follows a report from Public Health France, not yet published, but that Le Figaro was able to consult. The initiative comes from a recommendation from the European Commission, which, dated March 17, 2020, encourages the implementation of “systematic monitoring for the presence of Sars-CoV-2

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