Otago Daily Times

German testing has gone to the dogs


HANOVER: A German veterinary clinic has trained sniffer dogs to detect Covid19 in human saliva samples with 94% accuracy.

The dogs were conditione­d to scent out the ‘‘corona odour’’ that comes from cells in infected people, Esther Schalke, a vet at Germany’s armed forces school for service dogs, said.

Filou, a 3yearold Belgian shepherd, and Joe Cocker, a 1yearold cocker spaniel, were two of the dogs being trained at Hanover’s University of

Veterinary Medicine.

‘‘We did a study where we had dogs sniffing samples from Covidposit­ive patients and we can say that they have a 94% probabilit­y in our study . . . that they can sniff them out,’’ veterinary clinic head Holger Volk said.

In Finland, dogs trained to detect the virus began sniffing passenger samples at HelsinkiVa­ntaa airport last September, in a pilot project. Chile’s Santiago internatio­nal airport is also using canine detectors. — Reuters

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