On April 15, 2021, Hokkaido College and Shionogi & Co., Ltd. will begin to monitor COVID-19 in Osaka Prefecture primarily based on wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE), with the cooperation of the Prefectural Authorities.
The joint mission goals to hold out quantification and genetic evaluation (variant/mutation detection) of extreme acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in wastewater for understanding and predicting epidemics of COVID-19. The monitoring interval is three months, from April 15 to June 14, 2021.
SARS-CoV-2 has been detected within the feces of a big proportion of contaminated people. Analysis on WBE of SARS-CoV-2, which goals to amass population-level epidemiological data by routine monitoring of the virus in wastewater, has been accelerating the world over. In some nations and areas in Europe and america, WBE has been carried out for early detection of COVID-19 epidemics, judgment of convergence, and affirmation of invasion/outbreak developments of variants with excessive an infection/proliferation skill. Though the genetic materials (RNA) of SARS-CoV-2 will be regularly detected in wastewater, the presence of infectious SARS-CoV-2 in influent wastewater at wastewater therapy crops has not but been reported.
In Japan, there have been fewer reported circumstances of COVID-19 an infection per capita in comparison with america and a few European nations and areas, and due to this fact, for social implementation, the challenges had been to develop a virus detection technique with elevated sensitivity and an infrastructure with high-throughput PCR detection and genomic evaluation. Hokkaido College and Shionogi have collectively developed a extremely delicate detection expertise for SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater that may overcome these challenges, and have achieved automation of the detection course of.
This time, the collaborative crew begins large-scale monitoring primarily based on the cooperation of pattern assortment by Osaka Prefecture, by using a extremely delicate virus detection technique developed by Hokkaido College and Shionogi, and a high-throughput system for analyzing the viral load of collected wastewater and genomic data of the virus (variant detection), which was constructed by 4 events together with Robotic Biology Institute, Inc., and iLAC Co., Ltd.
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