Health starts / with Water

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Actionable Data

Quantitative results with real world impact

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Cost-effective

Test thousands for the price of one doctor's visit

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Applicable Anywhere

Buildings, planes, LTC facilities, neighborhoods, prisons, and more

An Early Warning System / for Biology

Waste water testing is a novel approach to surveillance testing for large groups. It is substantially cheaper than traditional testing methods, non-invasive, and provides an incredible wealth of data from a single sample. Waste water testing can be used for a wide range of testing including tracking infections--COVID-19 pandemic, Flu A/B, RSV, and Monkeypox--to monitoring the health of communities. It works by testing the human DNA we shed in our waste.

Imagine waste water testing as an early warming system for biology. Our clients can test hundreds, even thousands of people, before an infection breaks out. This allows governments, institutions, and universities the ability to act quickly to prevent a wider health emergency. In a case study, Eurofins detected SARS-CoV-2 up to 7 days before the infected persons experience symptoms and in a population.

Eurofins Genomics is one of the few labs in the US that give an estimate of the number of infected people in the sample, as opposed to a simple yes/no answer that traditional testing offers. This is incredibly powerful for interpreting the results and knowing the size of the threat and the appropriate response.

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Why / Eurofins?

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Quantitative, Actionable data

Most waste water labs only provide a positive/negative result, which is not very helpful for decision makers. Eurofins Genomics provides a quantitative estimate of how many people in the sample were positive so clients know the real world impact.

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Speed

Eurofins Genomics is known for being the fastest genomics provider in the world. Data is delivered in 24 hours in most cases. Even large volume orders are typically complete in 48 hours.

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Collection made easy

Eurofins Genomics even provides collection kits for an additional fee, making it even easier to get your program off the ground quickly. Contact us for details.

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Accuracy

Our testing methods are 99% effective in identifying the virus, pathogen, or target of interest.

Advantages of / Testing Your Water

Advantages

- Cost-effective compared to individualized testing
- Non-invasive
- Early warming system
- Quantitative results
- Scalability for large cities

 

 

Applications

- Detection of infections and viruses
- Genetic mutations
- Drug testing
- Monitoring endangered species in an ecosystem
- Water testing
- Demographic data

 

Test Options

- Covid-19
- Flu A/B
- RSV
- Monkeypox
- More available on request

 

 

 

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FAQ

How does Waste Water testing work?
Believe it or not, we shed tiny amounts of our DNA in our waste. That DNA captures everything going on in our bodies. It can be used to estimate health, drug use, and other effects on the body.
What is the benefit of Waste Water Testing?
Waste water testing is like an early warming system for health-threats in your community, city, or cohort. In a case study, Eurofins detected SARS-CoV-2 up to 7 days before the infected persons experience symptoms and in a population. You can use this testing method to identify "breakouts" and deploy resources there quickly before it spreads further.
What is your lower limit of detection?
Eurofins Genomics can detect as low as 2 to 10 infections per 10,000 people from one sample.my orders' page.
When did waste water testing begin?
Although wastewater testing has been around for years, it became more prominent during the COVID-19 pandemic due to its unique ability to monitoring the spread of the virus. In summary, your organization could test hundreds or even thousands of people from a single sample to acquire powerful, actionable data.
What is the turnaround time for receiving the results?
Turnaround time is 1-3 business days from the time in which the sample is received, depending on the number of samples. >95% of our results are delivered within 1 business day.
What are the practical applications of waste water testing?
There are many practical applications for wastewater testing. Municipalities use wastewater as an early detection method to identify hot spots for infections within a city, county, state, or institution. Companies use wastewater to test for chemical leaks, adulterants, runoff, and regulatory needs. Environmental labs use wastewater to track everything from contaminants to endangered species in the wild. The applications are endless.
Where are samples collected from?

There are many access points to collect a sample, both in urban and rural settings. Samples can be collected from any sewer line inside of a facility or from a main line outside. Additionally, any channel for water runoff, natural or man-made, are potential sources.

1. Buildings, dormitories, apartment complexes, multifamily units and more.
2. Correctional facilities.
3. Water runoff sources.
4. Sewer lines.
5. Planes

 

What is the difference between quantitative testing and traditional qualitative testing?
Traditional wastewater testing provides a positive/negative result only. It tells you if the sample contained the target, but not how much of it. Eurofins developed a quantitative method to measure the viral load of the sample, which can be measured against comparison samples to give the approximate number of infections in the group, which is an incredibly powerful metric when monitoring large groups.
What is the coverage?
It really depends on the sample quality. We do not guarantee any specific level of coverage at this timeA good sample submitted at the required concentration typically yields hundreds or thousands of raw sequencing reads. Consensus coverage depends on how many reads are full-length plasmids and how many, if any, degraded. We do not guarantee any specific level of coverage at this time.
What data files is delivered?
Multiple files are delivered with the order including a .fasta file.

 


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