Casper, a two-year-old Cocker Spaniel, and Jaya, a one-year-old ‘sight hound’ who belongs to the indigenous breed Chippiparai, can detect Covid constructive instances from urine or sweat samples.
Mani, one other Chippiparai, although presently underneath coaching too seems to be effectively on its approach in the direction of mastering the duty. It’s as swift in responding to its coach’s instructions as Casper and Jaya are.
The samples are positioned inside cardboard packing containers or containers and all three pooches are educated to sit down beside the one the place they’ll detect the presence of the virus. How do they accomplish that? For this, the Army has relied on their acute sense of odor to smell out particular biomarkers emanating from the urine and sweat samples of these with Covid-19.
Casper and Jaya, who started their coaching in September final 12 months, have detected until now 22 Covid constructive instances from among the many 3,800 samples they’ve sniffed up to now, stated an officer on Tuesday.
The want to coach the canines was felt as there have been as many as 20,000 Covid-19 constructive instances within the armed forces already by September 2020, of whom 16,000 have been from the Army alone.
With the canines being pressed into service, it has enabled the swift detection of Covid-19 constructive sufferers who’re then remoted earlier than ready for the common RT-PCTR check outcomes.
The Covid sniffing capabilities of the canines are presently getting used at a transit camp in Chandigarh for troops headed for deployment in ahead areas in Kashmir and Ladakh.
“Various countries like Britain, Finland, Russia, France, UAE, Germany, Lebanon had started training dogs for Covid-19 detection by screening passengers at airports and railway stations. There was also the global trend of using medical detection dogs for various diseases like cancer, malaria, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease etc. So, we also started training the dogs for Covid detection. Eight more dogs are now undergoing training,” stated the officer.