Design and Testing of Surveillance Tools for Polio Virus
The project aim is to improve environmental surveillance tools and simplify diagnostic tests for the Polio virus. UW researchers, with support from Seattle-based PATH through the Paul Allen Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have been developing Polio virus surveillance tools. The NRG laboratory designs and tests low-cost equipment for sampling and analysis of the Polio virus.In partnership with PATH, our team is designing technology to dramatically increase the volume of waste-water sampled in the hunt for polio-virus. The technology under development by the polio team aims to safely and efficiently remove virus-containing effluent from test filters for biological examination, and has been deployed to surveillance laboratories in countries around the world, including Kenya, South Africa, Mexico, Haiti, and Pakistan.