Wastewater monitoring system to track dengue fever, monkeypox

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Hyderabad: Urban researchers from the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) as well as the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology who invented the unique sewage monitoring system to track CoV-2 SARs, are now trying to track other diseases infections, including monkeypox and dengue fever.

Taking the wastewater monitoring model to the next level, the researchers have already started experimenting in Bengaluru and will soon start in Hyderabad. The institution also tracks other infectious diseases such as monkeypox, dengue and acute microbial resistance (AMR) in small and medium urban centers in India.

During the second wave of Covid, Karnataka introduced a sewage monitoring system in 45 out of 198 wards on a pilot basis to track the deadly mutant virus at an early stage even among asymptomatic individuals.

According to AcSIR Distinguished Emeritus Professor, CCMB and Director, Tata Institute of Genetics and Society (TIGS), Bengaluru, Dr Rakesh Kumar Mishra, “In Bengaluru, we have already started sewage monitoring to track infectious diseases like monkeypox, dengue and RAM. The plan is to follow other infectious diseases after SARS-CoV-2. Over the next two years, we will standardize or optimize the sewage monitoring model unique to each city, including Hyderabad,” said Telangana today.

“Sewage monitoring to track infectious diseases will be implemented in at least 7-8 large, small and medium Indian metros including Hyderabad. The idea is to give direction to the local public health system in the event of an outbreak,” Dr Mishra added.

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