Wastewater Surveillance for Communicable Disease


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Horizon Scan
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Emerging Health Technologies
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The purpose of this report is to present health care stakeholders in Canada with an overview of information related to the use of  wastewater epidemiology, or wastewater surveillance, for the detection of viral and bacterial pathogens.

This report describes what wastewater surveillance is and how it works, summarizes the evidence regarding its use in Canada and internationally, and presents ethical considerations.

This report is not a systematic review and does not involve critical appraisal or include a detailed summary of study findings. It is not intended to provide recommendations for or against the use of the technology.