Sewage monitoring is an effective preventive measure to detect possible outbreaks early due to viral sheds in sewage systems. However, the current sewage monitoring system is labour-intensive, time-consuming, and lacks scalability. Here, we present our PERfECT viral sewage monitoring system, which is scalable, digital, and can detect viral presence in real time.
PERfECT is a personalized electronic reader for electrochemical transistors that detects viruses when a DNA aptamer is attached to its sensor. Once the virus is detected, the data will be uploaded to the cloud and alert authorities. PERfECT viral detection is much faster than PCR and is reusable. With PERfECT being customisable, it can also monitor the disease progression of different viruses.