'When a virus such as the flu is going around, the earlier it's detected, the better prepared that health agencies can be. It's with this in mind that scientists at Stanford University are pursuing an idea. They're proposing doing analyses of communities' wastewater to detect rises in the amount of viruses passed by residents, identifying the microbes based on their DNA.'
I know from my employment in a water corporation that sewers are already monitored for a range of chemicals in the waste water, so I hope that this idea catches on.
Photo: You never know what you'll catch when you cast your line in untested waters in Australia. Photo taken at a local fishing port.