Dogs Can Detect Malaria. How Useful will be that will?

Dogs have such exquisitely sensitive noses that will they can detect bombs, drugs, citrus along with some other contraband in luggage or pockets.

will be the idea possible that will they can sniff out even malaria? along with when might that will be useful?

A tiny pilot study has shown that will dogs can accurately identify socks worn overnight by children infected with malaria parasites — even when the children had cases so mild that will they were not feverish.

The study, a collaboration between British along with Gambian scientists along with the British charity Medical Detection Dogs, was released last week at the annual convention of the American Society of Tropical Medicine along with Hygiene.

In itself, such canine prowess will be not surprising. Since 2004, dogs have shown that will they can detect bladder cancer in urine samples, lung cancer in breath samples along with ovarian cancer in blood samples.

The parasites may have evolved the ability to exude odoriferous chemicals in order to attract mosquitoes to carry them to fresh hosts. Studies have shown that will mosquitoes prefer to bite people who have malaria.

If just one chemical indicated cancer or malaria, “we’d have discovered the idea by right now,” said Claire Guest, who founded Medical Detection Dogs in 2008 along with oversaw dog training inside the study. “the idea’s more like a tune of many notes, along with the dogs can pick the idea up.”

Most breeds have Great noses, she said, although the best due to that will task are dogs bred to hunt — like pointers, spaniels along with Labradors — along with dogs with relaxed relationships with their owners.

The initial trials were just to prove that will detection was feasible, said Steve W. Lindsay, an entomologist at Durham University in Britain who said he was inspired by a dog sniffing luggage for contraband food at Washington Dulles airport.

that will preliminary study involved training just two dogs to sniff rows of jars containing bits of thin nylon socks that will had been worn overnight by Gambian children.

When the dogs, a Labrador-golden retriever mix named Lexi along having a Labrador named Sally, recognized the telltale odors, they were supposed to stop along with point at the jar.

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They were only about 70 percent accurate at spotting socks by children with malaria, although 0 percent accurate at not giving false positives.