Dozens of Queensland suburbs have been placed on excessive alert for indicators of COVID-19 after traces of the virus have been found in wastewater.
Fragments of the virus have been detected in the Loganholme sewage catchment, Queensland Well being stated on Monday.
The catchment receives sewage from a number of suburbs in Brisbane’s south together with Logan Central and Regents Park, amongst others.
Chief Well being Officer Jeannette Younger stated anybody in the world with even the mildest signs wants to come back ahead for testing.
“It is rather vital folks with signs come ahead instantly and get examined – now greater than ever – with the brand new circumstances we’re seeing in different states and the quantity of interstate journey that we’ve seen over the previous whereas,” she stated.
“It’s important we detect any circumstances that we will not be conscious of as rapidly as doable by means of our testing system, to comprise any potential unfold.”
The invention of fragments in wastewater stands out as the consequence of earlier infections persevering with to “shed” the virus.
This implies they could nonetheless have traces of it in their system however aren’t contagious.
However with the UK variant presently in Australia – because of this of the Vacation Inn at Melbourne Airport outbreak – well being authorities aren’t taking any probabilities.
“We’re involved by the brand new variants which might be rising abroad which might be extra contagious than earlier variants we now have seen in Queensland,” Younger stated.
Signs of COVID-19 embody – however aren’t restricted to – fever, cough, sore throat, runny nostril, fatigue and loss of style or odor.
The Loganholme catchment receives sewage from: Berrinba, Bethania, Boronia Heights, Browns Plains, Carbrook, Cornubia, Crestmead, Daisy Hill, Edens Touchdown, Heritage Park, Hillcrest, Holmview, Kingston, Kuraby, Logan Central, Logan Reserve, Logan Village, Loganholme, Loganlea, Marsden, Meadowbrook, Park Ridge, Priestdale, Regents Park, Rochedale South, Shailer Park, Slacks Creek, Springwood, Stockleigh, Tanah Merah, Underwood, Waterford, Waterford West, Woodridge, and Yarrabilba.