“From the examination of wastewater for monkeypox, we expect, first of all, to monitor the situation and follow the development of the development. It can be assumed that there are more cases than is reported in the case. We are ready to consult the results of the examination and to react adequately in an adverse situation,” the director said in a press release Zdeňka Shumová of the Prague hygiene station.
Experts examine water samples using the PCR method, i.e. the same as samples taken from the nasopharynx when suspected of being infected with covid-19.
“Since the beginning of August, we have been taking wastewater samples three times a week at the inlet of the Existing Water Line and the New Water Line of the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant in Prague. The selection of monitoring locations thus reflects the situation in the entire metropolis,” said CEO of PVK Petr Mrkos.
PVK has been monitoring the occurrence of the coronavirus in wastewater since the beginning of September 2021, focusing on selected primary schools, medical and social facilities, student dormitories or transport hubs.
The so-called monkey pox began to spread outside its countries of common occurrence in Africa this spring. In the Czech Republic, laboratories confirmed the first cases at the end of May. So far, 35 infected people from six regions have been detected, the most cases are in Prague. All those infected so far are men, according to experts, the infection is transmitted through close contact, for example sexual, and it spreads most in the community of men having sex with men.