Cambodia succeeds in training dogs to sniff out COVID-19: official

Three Cambodian dogs had been successfully trained to sniff out COVID-19, Director General of the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) Heng Ratana said on Monday.

The dogs had been trained with scent samples, known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), of 48 COVID-19 patients from the technical team of the University of Health Sciences, and all of the samples had been examined by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and cell culture techniques to ensure safety, he said.

“CMAC and the University of Health Sciences have worked together for research and development of COVID-19 detection dogs, and in this initial stage, we’re glad to inform that three CMAC’s detection dogs are able to detect VOC of 48 COVID-19 patients and another seven dogs are making remarkable progress,” Ratana wrote on his Facebook page.

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