The residual bacterial and viral contamination that remains on surfaces after cleaning in healthcare and palliative care settings is particularly lethal during a pandemic. Due to inevitable overcrowding and long shift hours, slipups occur. A technique to monitor surface cleanliness, and particularly to detect the presence of SARS-CoV2, is required to ascertain contamination and, if necessary, refine cleaning processes. We will develop a swab-based rapid detection test (RDT) kit to determine the presence of the SARS- CoV2 virus on surfaces.
Legionnaires is a disease caused by the bacteria Legionella pneumophilia present mostly in aquatic environments. The first outbreak of this disease was recognized in 1976 in Philadelphia and the most recent one in July 2019 in Atlanta. Diagnosis of the disease isn’t early and thus need to be prevented by regular treatment. Treatment of water needs information about the water quality which needs on-site based sensors to detect the different pathogens present. At present, there is no viable solution to detect Legionella on site with confidence.
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