Wastewater monitoring for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the Slovak Republic – progress up to the 23rd calendar week - RT-PCR and ddPCR analysis PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 June 2022 13:42

Monitoring of wastewater in the Slovak Republic for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus was launched on 02.05. 2021 (i.e. 18th calendar week) and it is performed regularly on a weekly basis in each region of the Slovak Republic. From January 2022, we gradually started the second phase of the wastewater monitoring project, where monitoring is being expanded in several districts. So far, 61 WWTPs have participated in the Slovak Republic.


The presence of virus in wastewater samples is determined by RT-PCR and digital dd-PCR. Samples are taken in cooperation with individual operators of wastewater treatment plants, regional public health authorities and investigated in the NRC at the Public Health Authority of Slovak Republic.


On the 23rd calendar week, a total of 1390 samples were examined by a qualitative and quantitative method, of which 1355 (97,48 %) samples were positive or with limit values.


On the 23rd calendar week of 2022, the SARS-CoV-2 virus was detected in 54 examined samples, 3 samples were negative.

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On the 23rd calendar week, we noticed a stabilization in quantitative tests, which express the copy number of SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

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Monitoring of the viral load in wastewater in individual regions points to an increase in the Nitra, Košice, Trenčín and Bratislava regions.


On the 23rd calendar week, we observed a stabilization in SARS-CoV-2 RNA copy number in wastewater and an increase in incidence.

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Conclusion:
The analysis of the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in wastewater in Slovakia corresponds with the epidemiological situation. Some samples from the 23rd calendar week are still under investigation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2022 09:07