What human waste can tell us about monkeypox

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First, it was COVID-19 that drove some Las Vegas scientists to the sewer.

Now it’s monkey pox.

It turns out that what goes down the toilet can tell us a lot about the spread of disease in an area.

For example, scientists at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas know how widespread the monkeypox virus is, even before the health department.

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University of Nevada-Las Vegas student scientists can detect monkey pox and other diseases through human waste.
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They were among the first in the country to study human waste to detect cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus before any cases were officially reported in the area.

They’re doing it again with monkeypox as the number of cases rises above 14,000 nationwide.

Human waste can tell a lot about what diseases are prevalent in a community.  Scientists in Las Vegas use wastewater to detect monkeypox.

Human waste can tell a lot about what diseases are prevalent in a community. Scientists in Las Vegas use wastewater to detect monkeypox.
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dr. Edwin Oh, an associate professor at the UNLV School of Medicine, said they were second in the nation, after San Francisco, to use a wastewater monitoring program to detect monkeypox.

“We see about three to 17 days in which a person can be asymptomatic,” said Dr. Oh. “We won’t be able to see lesions in individuals during this time. But if we look in the wastewater, we can detect that virus there.”

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dr. Oh leads the UNLV wastewater monitoring program.

He and his students concentrate in areas where there are many people, such as schools, bars, shelters and hotels.

They take samples from the sewer with an automated machine.

Then they go back to the lab for analysis.

“It’s a conversation we need to have now and not necessarily wait until we have 70,000 or 7 million infections before doing anything.”

Scientists in Las Vegas are collecting wastewater samples to study the presence of monkeypox in the area.

Scientists in Las Vegas are collecting wastewater samples to study the presence of monkeypox in the area.
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They expect the magnitude of the virus to increase in the Las Vegas area over the next month.

“We’ve had another kind of déjà vu with COVID-19, right, in the sense that there’s an infectious disease circulating,” said Dr. Oh. “We don’t really know much about it, but with a program like this we can at least track where this virus could be showing up in different communities.”

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Right now, the CDC reports the most cases in New York with 2,744 and California with 2,663.

Wyoming is currently the only state with zero reported cases.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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