Wastewater Signals Upswing in Flu, RSV

Belinda Ostrowsky, M.D., says wastewater monitoring of viruses and other seasonal illnesses can be helpful to local public health officials, clinicians, and hospital systems because it provides insight into viral trends at the community level. Dr. Ostrowsky is clinical associate professor of medicine at Einstein.

USA Today interviews Belinda Ostrowsky, M.D., about rapid detection tests for Ebola that are in development. The fastest reliable tests for Ebola currently take about three days, which can delay treatment. Dr. Ostrowsky notes that any rapid detection method would benefit patients and healthcare providers. Dr. Ostrowsky is associate professor of clinical medicine at Einstein and director of the Einstein-Montefiore Antibiotic Stewardship Program.