#14 Dutch Israeli Mini-Symposium on Rapid and Accurate Viral Detection and Monitoring in Wastewater (07 Dec)
Objective: exchange experiences on technologies to detect virus substances in wastewater as a diagnostic tool to monitor pandemics.
Any epidemiological indicator has biases and limitations. Diagnostic testing capacity may be insufficient; hospitalizations lag infections by weeks and do not report on people with mild or asymptomatic disease. Experience with other viral diseases has shown that monitoring sewage for traces of a pathogen enables effective surveillance of entire communities, providing a sensitive signal of whether the pathogen is present in the population and whether transmission is increasing or declining. Researchers around the world are now pursuing the same approach for COVID-19 with the belief that wastewater data can supplement current measures of its prevalence. The coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has been widely detected in wastewater in the Netherlands. Scientific results of experiments carried out in the Netherlands, in the USA and in Israel (among other countries) strengthen the evidence that wastewater monitoring could be a powerful tool in tracking the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. What challenges have been identified and how can we overcome them from a perspective of innovative technology and policy?
 To determine if SARS-CoV-2 RNA was present in sewage during the emergence of COVID-19 in The Netherlands, sewage samples of six cities and the airport were tested using four qRT-PCR assays, three targeting the nucleocapsid gene (N1–N3) and one the envelope gene (E). https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.estlett.0c00357
16:00-16:05 Welcome note
- Jasper van Mastrigt, First Secretary Water & Climate, Netherlands Embassy in Israel
16:05-16:20 Applied wastewater surveillance for SARS CoV2 in Israel, Dr. Itay Bar Or, National Center for Environmental Virology - Head, Laboratory of Environmental Virology, Public Health Services, Israel Ministry of Health, Israel
16:20-16:35 Setting up a national sewage surveillance for COVID-19 and beyond, Dr. Ana Maria de Roda Husman, Head of the environmental department, RIVM Laboratories, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
16:40-16:55 SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern detection and quantification in wastewater, Prof. Ariel Kushmaro, Head of Environmental Biotechnology Lab, Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering, Ben Gurion University, Israel
16:55-17:10 High-resolution monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 circulation through sewage surveillance, Frederic Been, Wastewater-Based Epidemiology (WBE), KWR Water Research Institute (KWR), The Netherlands
17:15-17:30 Protecting public health using wastewater derived data, Anne-li Steutel-Maron, KANDO Environment Services, Israel
17:30-17:45 Mobile microbial water testing: Udetect’s opportunities, Marc van Bemmel, Managing Director, Orvion, The Netherlands