The Houston Wastewater Epidemiology Advisory Committee is comprised of infectious disease and public health specialists who provide guidance in evaluating cutting-edge techniques for enhancing our wastewater surveillance.
The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the crucial role of infection prevention and control programs and practices, and the critical need to identify potential outbreaks early on. The Houston Wastewater Epidemiology Advisory Committee provides advice and recommendations about broad, cross-cutting issues related to infectious disease wastewater surveillance, and evaluates the strategic, scientific, and medical impacts of our activities. The committee’s council will assist in linking disease surveillance data with evidence-based interventions to proactively improve public health, prevention and control.
Wastewater Target Prioritization Survey
On October 28, 2022, Houston Wastewater Epidemiology designed a Wastewater Target Prioritization Survey with the intent to identify virus/pathogen targets to potentially include in expanded wastewater surveillance. The survey was distributed to local infectious disease doctors and subject matter experts. (See survey results)