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Wastewater testing, vital in COVID tracking, could help identify monkeypox spread

Aug 19, 2022

As wastewater testing continues to prove useful in estimating the spread of the coronavirus, scientists again are using sewage to track the latest public health emergency: monkeypox.

In late June — about a month after the first California case was confirmed — monkeypox DNA was detected in wastewater in San Francisco, according to the WastewaterSCAN coalition, a group of scientists who have been testing sewage for the presence of the coronavirus since 2020.

The group recently confirmed the presence of the monkeypox virus in Los Angeles County waste.

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