According to the HSE, a new expert group has been set up in Ireland to monitor all 68 sewage treatment plants in the Irish Republic.
The HSE has stated whilst “Ireland has 1,100 public wastewater catchment areas where wastewater is collected and conveyed for treatment, so it would not be practical nor feasible to undertake surveillance in each of these.
Consequently, to address this issue, and to ensure the programme captures as broadly as possible the position across the country, 68 wastewater catchment areas, covering each county in Ireland, were identified and selected.
This will ensure the largest population centres are captured, and a comprehensive national environmental early warning surveillance system will be established”.
According to the HSE website “results of this important programme will be reported by the project team and communicated by the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre to key organisations including the HSE Public Health Departments, the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group (IEMAG), and the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET)”.
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