Experts Blast CDC Over Failure To Test Sewage For H5N1 bird Flu Virus

"It emerged as a powerful tool for public health officers during the COVID-19 pandemic, when it was used to gauge the prevalence of coronavirus in communities across the nation.

But wastewater surveillance — the testing of sewage for signs of pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2, poliovirus and mpox virus — has yet to be employed in the tracking of H5N1 bird flu virus.

Now, as officials attempt to determine the extent of bird flu outbreaks among dairy herds, some experts are urging that wastewater surveillance begin immediately. Others are faulting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for reportedly discouraging its use."

Susanne Rust reports for the Los Angeles Times May 10, 2024.


"Federal Dollars To Increase Bird Flu Testing For Dairy Cows, Farm Workers" (Washington Post)

Source: LA Times, 05/13/2024