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Sniffing Dogs Can Detect Malaria: Canines Identify Parasites

Jan 31, 2019 11:06AM

Eric Isselee/

After years of worldwide decline, malaria is on a worrisome upswing, but researchers from Durham University, in the UK, have found a quick, non-invasive, low-cost detection method: dogs. Trained to sniff out malaria parasites in socks that West African children wore for one night, the canines correctly identified 70 percent among the infected and 90 percent among the uninfected children.

This article appears in the February 2019 issue of Natural Awakenings.

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