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Tracking COVID-19 in Laredo’s wastewater

Aug 16, 2022

LAREDO, Tx. (KGNS) - Your feces can tell you a lot about your health such as if you have digestive issues or infections.

The distributing factoid is the reason why the federal government is now detecting viruses through stool.

It’s a program that is being used in Laredo.

Whatever gets flushed into the toilet makes its way through the sewage system.

Before water goes through the treatment process, utility staff comes out to collect raw sewage to collect a sample necessary for the detection of the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started the ‘National Wastewater Surveillance System’ Program back in 2020 to help in the fight the coronavirus.

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