Posted: Jan 22, 2023
Wastewater-based Disease Surveillance for Public Health Action
National Academies Consensus Report, January 2023
The report concludes that wastewater surveillance is and will continue to be a valuable component of infectious disease management. This report presents a vision for a national wastewater surveillance system that would track multiple pathogens simultaneously and pivot quickly to detect emerging pathogens, and it offers recommendations to ensure that the system is flexible, equitable, and economically sustainable for informing public health actions. The report also recommends approaches to address ethical and privacy concerns and develop a more representative wastewater surveillance system. Predictable and sustained federal funding as well as ongoing coordination and collaboration among many partners will be critical to the effectiveness of efforts moving forward.
The case for including microbial sequences in the electronic health record.
Sintchenko Vitali et al. Nature medicine 2023 1
The growing availability of microbial genomes sequenced for health care rather than research raises the question of whether such data should be included in an individual’s electronic health records (EHR). While integrating human genome data into EHR has been widely discussed, microbial genomic data bring unique and important challenges.
CDC announces $90M funding to support new Pathogen Genomics Centers of Excellence network
CDC, September 20, 2022
The PGCoE network is meant to foster and improve innovation and technical capacity in pathogen genomics, molecular epidemiology, and bioinformatics to better prevent, control, and respond to microbial threats of public health importance. The network also represents an unprecedented opportunity to expand and deepen collaboration between U.S. public health agencies and academic institutions to form a national resource to better prevent, control and respond to microbial threats of public health importance.
Whole genome sequencing is used to generate DNA fingerprints from bacteria like Listeria. Data from WGS analyses support epidemiologic investigations and help public health investigators identify and solve more outbreaks. Check out these success stories.