Malaria-sniffing pooches might help save lives

 
Related

Is your dog fat? Fitness trackers help put fat pets on a diet

About pets
226 points

How to tell if your dog is faking a cough

About pets
642 points



Most recent

DistroTV eleva su oferta de canales a más de 270

Comms1
14 points

Tomar fotos haciendo pintura

El diario de Enrique
34 points

Simplemente Gracias, la nueva apuesta de LOS TRI-O por la música romántica

TECH2022
26 points

Fernando Simón explica por qué se dispararán los contagios de Covid este verano

NOTICIAS-ETF
60 points

Hablamos de COVID-19 y sus variantes: El riesgo de muerte se triplica en los pacientes no vacunados

NOTICIAS-ETF
136 points

Modelos de Cat phones acumulan 49 premios en 10 años

Comms1
32 points

Colombianos diversifican inversiones, ante escenarios económicos y sociopolíticos adversos

Image Press
40 points

LAS BOTAS ALTAS DE CAUCHO SON EL PEOR ENEMIGO DE LOS CAMPESINOS

Image Press
12 points

Hallan en la Antártida superbacterias capaces de generar nuevas enfermedades

NOTICIAS-ETF
22 points

Johnson Controls fortalece la seguridad del sector bancario en América Latina

TECH2022
44 points
SHARE
TWEET
With their keen sense of smell, dogs can track down bombs and drugs, but new research suggests they can also sniff out malaria in people.

Malaria-sniffing pooches might help save lives

If confirmed by further studies, canines might someday be used to help spot malaria early, when treatment is most effective.

The study included two dogs – a Labrador retriever and a Labrador-Golden retriever – that were trained to detect the disease through scent. A third dog, a Springer Spaniel named Freya, has since been added to the team.

The dogs sniffed nylon socks worn by 30 children infected with malaria parasites and 145 uninfected children. The children, aged 5 to 14, were from the Upper River Region of The Gambia in West Africa.

The dogs correctly identified 70% of children with malaria and 90% of uninfected children, according to a study presented on Monday 28 October 2018 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, in New Orleans.

Early stages

"While our findings are at an early stage, in principle we have shown that dogs could be trained to detect malaria-infected people by their odor with a credible degree of accuracy," said lead investigator Steve Lindsay. He is a professor in the department of biosciences at Durham University, in the United Kingdom.

"This could provide a noninvasive way of screening for the disease at ports of entry in a similar way to how sniffer dogs are routinely used to detect fruit and vegetables or drugs at airports," Lindsay explained in a university news release.

"This could help prevent the spread of malaria to countries that have been declared malaria-free, and also ensure that people – many of whom might be unaware that they are infected with the malaria parasite – receive antimalarial drug treatment for the disease," Lindsay said.

In 2016, there were 216 million cases of malaria worldwide, an increase of 5 million over the previous year. There were about 445 000 malaria deaths in 2016, according to the World Health Organization.

Study co-author James Logan added that "our progress on the control of malaria has stalled in recent years, so we desperately need innovative new tools to help in the fight against malaria." Logan is head of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's department of disease control.

"Our results show that sniffer dogs could be a serious way of making diagnosis of people who don't show any symptoms, but are still infectious, quicker and easier," Logan said.

Research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Fuente: www.health24.com
SHARE
TWEET
To comment you must log in with your account or sign up!
Featured content