Dec. 10 (UPI) — “Working” dogs skilled to carry out search and rescue duties, detect explosives or illnesses corresponding to colon most cancers accurately recognized individuals contaminated with COVID-19 as much as 100% of the time, French researchers stated Thursday.

The findings counsel that dogs can affirm the presence of the virus by sniffing samples of human sweat, the researchers stated in an article revealed by the journal PLOS ONE.

Though the outcomes nonetheless must be confirmed in bigger research, this proof-of-concept study signifies that skilled dogs may present a “non-invasive” different to at present out there exams, researchers stated.

The dogs additionally may very well be used to detect individuals contaminated with COVID-19 in public locations and hopefully stop them from spreading the illness to others, the researchers stated.

“In such a disaster the primary key phrase is detection — and we should take a look at as many individuals as potential in order that optimistic individuals keep house and don’t unfold the virus,” study co-author Dominique Grandjean instructed UPI.

“However it’s tough to bear a PCR [test] each two days, so sure, dogs can be a assist in this case,” stated Grandjean, a professor of pathology on the Nationwide College of Veterinary Drugs in Paris.

For years, researchers have explored the chance that skilled dogs can be used to detect of quite a lot of illnesses, together with cancers and bacteriological infections, in accordance with Grandjean and his colleagues.

In addition they have proven potential as “alert” animals for these with diabetes and epilepsy, notifying victims when blood sugar is low or a seizure is coming, for instance.

For this study, Grandjean and his colleagues collected armpit sweat samples from 177 individuals, 95 of whom had a confirmed COVID-19 an infection.

Six dogs had been uncovered to the sweat samples — three skilled in bomb-sniffing, one in search-and-rescue and two in colon most cancers detection — at websites in Paris and Beirut, the researchers stated.

The dogs accurately recognized sweat samples from these contaminated with COVID-19 between 76% and 100% of the time, with three dogs — one bomb-sniffer and the 2 colon-cancer detecting dogs — reaching an ideal success charge, in accordance with the researchers.

“The dogs present that COVID-19 can be detected in a secure method, [in] a take a look at that’s non-invasive, very fast and greater than low cost,” Grandjean stated.

“Dogs can be a fabulous pretesting system,” he stated.

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