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The Obtain: testing wastewater for measles, and the price of nature

Measles is again with a vengeance. Within the UK, the place solely 85% of school-age youngsters have acquired two doses of the MMR vaccine, as many as 300 folks have contracted the illness since October. And instances are creeping up throughout the US too.

Catching measles outbreaks early is hard, although. Like many different respiratory viruses, it begins off with a cough, runny nostril, fever, and achy physique. The telltale rash doesn’t seem for 2 to 4 extra days. By then, an individual is already infectious. Very infectious, actually. Measles is among the most contagious ailments round.

Perhaps there’s an answer. The US developed an unlimited wastewater sampling community to detect covid throughout the pandemic. Might we leverage that community to supply an early warning system for measles? Learn the total story.

—Cassandra Willyard

This story is from The Checkup, our weekly biotech and well being e-newsletter. Enroll to obtain it in your inbox each Thursday.

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