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THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY AND CITY HEALTH OFFICIALS COMMISSIONS NEW STUDY ON WASTEWATER SURVEILLANCE RESEARCH AT THE COMMUNITY-LEVEL

Dec 21, 2021 | Anu Varma

Washington, DC, December 21, 2021The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has commissioned a study via the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) to review community-level wastewater surveillance and its potential value toward prevention and control of infectious diseases in the United States. The results will help inform research, data, and policy needs surrounding wastewater surveillance for infectious diseases, including novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as well as assist local health departments in the adoption and broad application of wastewater surveillance.

As the future of wastewater surveillance grows rapidly, greater information is needed from experts across the fields of wastewater engineering, environmental microbiology, and public health, among others. With NACCHO funding, the National Academies will convene an ad hoc committee to bring together a wide range of experts to assess the research to date and provide recommendation of future adoption and applications.

Wastewater surveillance has been utilized to track public health indicators such as polio and opioid use and more recently, to track COVID-19 infection trends at the community- and sub-community level, which have helped inform public health decision making in communities like the City of Tempe, Arizona. As the National Academies undertakes this project and reviews cutting-edge scientific developments on wastewater surveillance, NACCHO hopes to use project outcomes to inform local health departments about how wastewater surveillance can be applied more broadly, including utilization beyond simply tracking COVID-19.

For more information on how NACCHO supports wastewater surveillance implementation efforts, visit www.naccho.org/wash.

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About NACCHO
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation’s nearly 3,000 local health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities. For more information about NACCHO, please visit www.naccho.org.

About the National Academies
The National Academies are institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and world, through convening subject-matter experts to provide independent, objective, and nonpartisan advice with high standards of scientific and technical quality. For more information about this project, visit www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/community-wastewater-based-infectious-disease-surveillance.


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Anupama Varma is a Communications Specialist for Environmental Health at NACCHO.

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