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Wastewater Health Signals

Flush. We all do it. Out of sight, out of mind. Or is it?

Believe it or not, the human-deposited contents that disappear down a toilet bowl contain valuable health data. Researchers can harvest insights from wastewater pertaining to the health of an entire city, or they can zero in on a neighborhood or even a specific building. This is why studying wastewater may be the public health wave of the future . . .

Published on the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute website on Aug. 8, 2022.