World news – FRAGMENTS FOUND: Traces of virus detected in local sewage


Bundaberg locals are being asked to get tested if they show covid symptoms, with fragments of SARS-CoV-2 being found at a local sewage treatment plant.

Fragments of the virus have been detected in the Millbank sewage treatment plant as well as in the Gibson Island sewage treatment plant in Brisbane South.

Dr. Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young said anyone with symptoms, no matter how mild, should come in and get tested.

« Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting as well as loss of taste or smell, « she said.

 » It is very important that people with symptoms come up and get tested right away. We can’t be complacent, we’re still in this pandemic.

« It It is important that we identify cases that we may not be aware of as soon as possible via our test system in order to contain a possible spread.

« We are concerned about the new variants that are appearing overseas and are more contagious than previous variants we saw in Queensland.

« It is also possible that this evidence relates to previous COVID-19 cases where viral fragments can be shed for a few months after they are no longer in are fectious. « 

To find out which suburbs make up this drainage basin, visit the Queensland Health Wastewater Areas website.

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