Early-warning system to protect and promote human health and inform Houston’s response to viral outbreaks
A lot of progress has been made to protect and promote human health with the most notable result being increased life expectancy. Yet, the emergence of prominent outbreaks of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance have remained as critical threats to global public health today.
To address the challenge of anticipating and responding to prominent outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Houston Wastewater Epidemiology has implemented a comprehensive, cost-effective system to monitor community infection dynamics of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19. We are also working to expand the comprehensive wastewater monitoring system to target influenza, mpox, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and other pathogens.
Surveillance has expanded from 20 to 53 jurisdictions across the United States
Technology shows promise for broad-scale analysis of pathogens
How Houston’s public health interventions have been guided by wastewater
New features help Houstonians understand the prevalence of COVID-19, influenza at the community level
- February 2024
February 9-10, 2024
Baker Institute, Rice University
Lauren Stadler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Wastewater surveillance in Houston, TX: navigating science, public health and ethics in the era of environmental monitoring
February 15-17, 2024
Colorado Convention Center
Katherine Ensor, Ph.D.
Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics, Rice University
Communicating community risk and the critical role of statistical science
- March 2024
- April 2024
- May 2024
May 6-9, 2024
Staff Analyst, Houston Health Department
Wastewater Surveillance for Public Health