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The CSIRO have made progress on wastewater testing technology that could discover localised outbreaks on ships and aged care homes, by testing sewage.
The agency’s chief operating officer Judi Zielke told a Senate inquiry today that the CSIRO has been testing different methods of analysing sewage.
Such analysis can detect the presence of Covid-19 carriers in the community regardless of whether they show symptoms.
The new research builds on the world’s first peer-reviewed proof-of-concept trial run in Brisbane by CSIRO and the University of Queensland which tested untreated sewage and found fragments of the virus that causes Covid-19.