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Cambodia succeeds in training dogs to detect COVID-19 patients

03/08/2021 08:31 PM

PHNOM PENH, Aug 3 -- The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) on August 2 announced it had successfully trained three dogs in detecting people infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Vietnam news agency (VNA) quoting CMAC director-general Heng Ratana said the three dogs have been able to detect  COVID-19 patients from the odour samples during the initial research training, adding that another seven dogs are making ‘significant progress’. 

According to him, those dogs can sniff and detect COVID-19 patients in about 10-15 seconds. He said the dogs can be used to detect COVID-19 infections at airports, international border checkpoints and stadiums where people gather.

CMAC and the University of Medical Sciences in the capital Phnom Penh have cooperated in researching and training dogs to detect people with COVID-19.

On the same day, the Health Ministry announced that Cambodia logged 569 more cases of COVID-19 and 22 fatalities.  This brings the national tally to 78,474 cases, including 1,442 deaths.

-- BERNAMA 


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