The Respiratory Illnesses Panel will include monitoring for Influenza A and B, RSV, and SARS-CoV-2
Written by Biobot Analytics & published on Auguest 24, 2023 by PR Newswire
Cambridge, Mass., August 24, 2023 – Biobot Analytics, a global leader in wastewater intelligence, announced today that it is launching a Respiratory Illnesses Panel that will include concurrent wastewater monitoring for Influenzas A and B (seasonal flu), Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
Last year, the “tripledemic” of influenza, RSV, and COVID-19 overwhelmed the U.S. healthcare system, and nearly 40 percent of U.S. households reported experiencing at least one of these respiratory illnesses in January. COVID-19 was associated with approximately 244,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2022, and the 2022-2023 flu season caused an estimated 19,000-57,000 deaths in the U.S., per CDC. RSV is the leading cause of lower respiratory tract-related hospitalization in children under one and causes an estimated 6,000-10,000 deaths each year among adults 65 years and older.
Wastewater monitoring has proved to be a critical infrastructure for tracking the spread of respiratory illnesses within populations. Biobot’s Wastewater Intelligence Platform uses molecular technologies and advanced data analytics to analyze sewage, providing early warning health analytics to combat epidemics and improve health outcomes worldwide.
“The collective burden from these respiratory viruses is staggering. With these viruses circulating simultaneously and potentially shifting in seasonality and severity, communities must be able to understand the full impact of each of these illnesses to inform awareness and public health responses that can prevent infections, hospitalizations, and even deaths,” said Mariana Matus, CEO of Biobot Analytics. “Traditional testing methods for these illnesses do not provide a comprehensive picture of the number of people infected due to inaccurate reporting, as well as asymptomatic or misdiagnosed cases. By monitoring wastewater concurrently for influenza, RSV, and SARS-CoV-2, we can fill in these gaps and provide important information to communities.”
Biobot’s Respiratory Illnesses Panel builds on the company’s continuous efforts to transform wastewater infrastructure into real-time health observatories. Influenza and RSV join Biobot’s national network of monitoring for SARS-CoV-2, mpox virus, norovirus, and high-risk substances like fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, and nicotine.
With sampling sites in hundreds of locations across 50+ states, territories, and Canadian provinces, Biobot’s Respiratory Illnesses Panel will be available in time for cold and flu season this fall.
For more information on Biobot’s wastewater intelligence platform, or to sign up to learn when the Respiratory Illnesses Panel becomes available for your community, visit our website.
About Biobot Analytics
Biobot Analytics is a global leader in wastewater epidemiology, founded with the goal of transforming wastewater infrastructure into real-time public health observatories. Having worked at hundreds of locations across all US states and territories and several countries, Biobot produces actionable information from wastewater to improve the health of communities around the world. Separately from their infectious illnesses work, Biobot also analyzes wastewater for the presence of High Risk Substances, such as opioids, to help communities better respond to substance use and implement harm reduction programming. More information on our mission and technology is available at our website, www.biobot.io.