Six cities show spike in viral load in wastewater

Six 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 six of the 13 cities inspected from November 15-21, over the previous week.

The samples collected showed a massive jump of 433% in Iraklio, 271% in Corfu, 157% in Chania, 95% in Agios Nikolaos, 37% in Alexandroupoli and 86% in Rethymno.

The viral load remained relatively stable in Xanthi (+1%), Thessaloniki (+2%), Larissa (+4%), Ioannina (+5%), the Attica region (-11%) and Volos (+13%).

On the other hand, the viral load decreased significantly in Patras (-24%).

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

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