N.B. expands COVID-19 wastewater monitoring to 4 more cities – CBC

Saint John, Bathurst, Campbellton and Miramichi have been added to the national surveillance dashboard

Apr 06, 2023

New Brunswick has expanded its COVID-19 wastewater monitoring to four more cities.

Saint John, Bathurst, Campbellton and Miramichi were added to the national COVID-19 wastewater surveillance dashboard on Tuesday, with their most recent test results dating from between March 20 and March 27.

Moncton and Fredericton were previously included.

Wastewater results can serve as an early warning of increased community infection levels and risks.

People who are infected shed the virus in their feces in the form of a genetic material called ribonucleic acid, or RNA, before they show symptoms of COVID-19. This can be found in raw sewage and can detect the virus in a community up to 10 days prior to clinical testing, according to Health Canada.

Now that New Brunswick has further restricted PCR testing, requiring a referral from a health-care provider, some experts have urged an increase in wastewater monitoring to track virus spread and any new variants.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/covid-19-wastewater-surveillance-new-brunswick-dashboard-expanded-testing-1.6802822

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