Eight cities show spike in viral load in wastewater

Eight cities show spike in viral load in wastewater

Laboratory tests conducted on urban wastewater by the National Network of Sewage Epidemiology show a significant increase in the average viral load in eight out of 12 cities inspected from October 11-17, over the previous week.

The samples collected showed a massive jump of 176% in Volos, 50% in Alexandroupoli and 30% in Larissa.

Attica recorded a 12% increase.

On the other hand, the viral load decreased in Rethymno (-33%), Agios Nikolaos (-50%) and Iraklio (-68%) – all of which are in Crete – and Patras (-12%).

Wastewater analysis is believed to give an early warning for upcoming epidemiological trends.

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