COVID-19 detected in Cairns sewage
Traces of COVID-19 have been found in sewage in Cairns.
Queensland's Chief Health Officer Doctor Jeannette Young says the viral fragments were detected in wastewater at a local treatment plant last week.
The virus has also been picked up in sewage at Merrimac, on the Gold Coast, and Cannonvale, near Airlie Beach.
Doctor Young says the positive results do not mean there are new cases, and it is likely someone who was infected was shedding the virus.
"Infected people can shed viral fragments and that shedding can happen for several weeks after the person is no longer infectious," Doctor Young says.
She is urging anyone who is unwell to get tested and isolate.
“If there is a case we are not yet aware of, it is critical we detect it through our testing mechanisms as quickly as possible to contain any potential spread.”
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting, and loss of taste or smell.