DOGS CAN DE­TECT VIRUS IN­FEC­TION BY ARMPIT SCENT: STUDY

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

Dogs are able to de­tect the pres­ence of COVID-19 on pa­tients by sniff­ing their armpits, ac­cord­ing to a new study by French sci­en­tists. Re­searchers at the na­tional vet­eri­nary school in Al­fort, out­side Paris, trained eight Bel­gian Mali­nois shep­herd dogs to iden­tify in­fected peo­ple from sam­ples taken from the armpits of more than 360 sub­jects, both healthy and suf­fer­ing from COVID-19. The dogs’ suc­cess rate was 95 per cent, ac­cord­ing to a pa­per pub­lished on Fri­day on Biorxiv.org, which posts stud­ies that haven’t been peer-re­viewed.

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