Predicting the Next Pandemic: Utilizing wastewater-based epidemiology as a novel technique for detecting mpox DNA
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Mpox cases are trending downward in Las Vegas, aligning with national trends. The study demonstrates that it is possible to extract mpox DNA directly from wastewater and quantify the genetic material using qPCR. This research indicates that WBE can be utilized to give a relative abundance of virual nucleic acids in wastewater, giving opportunities for early-warning systems and other public health interventions. Mpox remains a global threat to public health, continued surveillance of MPXV using wastewater is necessary to ensure that we can detect unusual spike in viral DNA level. Mpox detected in the wastewater samples will be sequences to check for potential mutations in the genome.
Las Vegas (Nev.)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Public Health | Virology
Tang, Austin; Moshi, Michael; Baker, Hayley; and Chang, Ching-Lan, "Predicting the Next Pandemic: Utilizing wastewater-based epidemiology as a novel technique for detecting mpox DNA" (2022). Undergraduate Research Symposium Lightning Talks. 24.
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