Covid fragments are found in sewage at SEVEN different Queensland treatment plants – sparking fears virus could be spreading undetected
- Fragments of Covid-19 detected in sewage at wastewater sites in Queensland
- Seven treatment plants had fragments, including in Cairns and Maroochydore
- Residents urged to come forward for testing, concerns of undetected cases
Viral fragments were detected at treatment plants along the coast on Tuesday from Maroochydore in the south to as far north as Cairns, Queensland Health said.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said they were taking the findings seriously, with concerns of undetected cases.
‘If there is a case we are not yet aware of, it is critical we detect it through our testing mechanisms as quickly as possible to contain any potential spread,’ Dr Young said.
Queensland recorded zero locally acquired cases of coronavirus on Tuesday (pictured is an ‘Invasion Day’ rally in Brisbane) but health authorities have issued an alert after fragments of the virus were detected at seven sewage treatment plants in the state
Residents in Cairns (pictured) are being urged to come forward for testing even if they have the mildest of Covid-19 symptoms after viral fragments were detected in sewage at two treatment plants servicing the city
She added the fragments could represent an old infection where a resident had been shedding the deadly virus.
‘While this does not mean we have new cases of COVID-19 in these communities, we are treating these detections seriously,’ Dr Young said.
‘A positive sewage result means that someone who has been infected was shedding the virus.
‘Infected people can shed viral fragments and that shedding can happen for several weeks after the person is no longer infectious.’
Fragments of Covid-19 were detected at the wastewater treatment plant at Condon in Townsville (pictured)
Fragments of Covid-19 was detected at seven wastewater treatment plants in Queensland, including:
– Condon (Townsville)
– Cairns South
– Cairns Marlin Coast
– Pulgul (Hervey Bay)
The viral fragments were detected at wastewater treatment plants at Condon (Townsville), Cairns South, Cairns Marlin Coast, Nambour, Maroochydore, Pulgul (Hervey Bay) and Yeppoon.
Dr Young said it was important residents of those areas came forward for testing if they have any Covid-19 symptoms.
‘I continue to urge anyone who feels unwell in these communities to get tested and isolate,’ Dr Young said.
‘Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting, and loss of taste or smell.’
Queensland Health announced Monday viral fragments had been detected at wastewater treatment plants at Caboolture South, Oxley Creek, Bundamba, Gibson Island, Luggage Point and Maryborough.
The state recorded zero locally acquired cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, while no returned traveller in hotel quarantine tested positive.
There were 6,309 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.