Police in Chile are training dogs to detect people that may be infected with the novel coronavirus by sniffing their sweat.The dogs — three golden retrievers and a labrador — are between the ages of four and five. Until now they have been used to sniff out illicit drugs, explosives and lost people, police say.The training program is a joint effort by Chile’s national police, the Carabineros, and specialists at the Universidad Catolica de Chile. Medical Detection Dogs, a British charity set up in 2008 to harness dogs’ sharp sense of smell to detect human diseases, also started training canines to detect COVID-19 in late March. It follows in the footsteps of similar efforts taking place in France, said Julio Santelices, head of the police school of specialties.Dogs have 330 million olfactory receptors, and an ability to detect smells 50 times better than humans. They can also smell 250 people per hour.”The virus has no smell, but rather the infection generates metabolic changes” which in turn leads to the release of a particular type of sweat “which is what the dog would detect,” Fernando Mardones, a Universidad Catolica professor of veterinary epidemiology, told AFP.According to Santelices, tests in Europe and Dubai shown a 95 percent efficiency rate in canine detection of COVID-19 cases. Four-legged biodetectors “The importance of this scientific study is that it will allow dogs to become biodetectors, and detect this type of illness at an early stage,” Santelices told AFP.Mardones said that there is already evidence that dogs can detect diseases such as tuberculosis, parasite infections, and even early stages of cancer.Canines can detect subtle changes in skin temperature, potentially making them useful in determining if a person has a fever.According to the World Organization for Animal Health, the possibility of contagion from a dog is remote.The canine trainees began their education one month ago, and will use sweat samples taken from COVID-19 patients being treated at the Universidad Catolica’s clinic.The experts hope to have the dogs trained and working in the field by August. The plan is to deploy them with an officer in pedestrian-heavy areas such as train stations and airports, and at health control stations.Chile on Tuesday reported 1,836 new cases of COVID-19 — the lowest figure in two months — bringing the total of cases since March 3 to 319,493.The viral infection has killed more than 11,000 people, according to the most recent Health Ministry official report, which includes “probable” COVID-19 victims. Topics :
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Press Association The 25-year-old, who joined the Gunners from Real Madrid in a club-record deal on transfer deadline day, saw his tame first-half penalty saved against Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday night, but then provided the perfect pass for Jack Wilshere to fire in a second goal which all but sealed a place in the knockout stages. Ozil has returned a number of subdued displays since his high-profile move three months ago. “Mesut moves well between the lines, so it is always difficult to defend against him,” the 6ft 6in defender said. “When the centre-back comes out with him, there is always space for others to go in, so he helps us create more chances. “We are playing well as a team and we should continue that in the Champions League and the Premier League.” Arsenal travel to Cardiff on Saturday aiming to consolidate their place at the top of the table. Mertesacker said: “We are on a good run and we are in a good position. We want to keep that.” However, Mertesacker – who is now an integral part of the defence after initially struggling for consistency after he joined from Werder Bremen in August 2011 – believes the best is still to come from his fellow Germany international. “Mesut has made good progress. He is in good form and you can see that,” Mertesacker said. “He was always a threat (against Marseille) and he never gave up after the penalty that he missed. “We are very delighted with him, especially in the transition from defence to offence, when he is always a threat. “He can play the balls, he is the one who always goes deep all of the time. He is in good form and I think we will see more.” Mertesacker added: “Sometimes he looks like his head is going down, but we said at half-time that we do not care (about the missed penalty). We just go on and that is what he did.” Ozil’s arrival seemed to lift the whole club, with a renewed sense Arsene Wenger’s current crop of talent can finally come of age in 2014. The contribution of Ozil within the team, allowing the likes of Wilshere – who scored his first goal against Marseille inside the opening 30 seconds – and Aaron Ramsey more freedom, is not lost on Mertesacker. Mesut Ozil will always provide Arsenal with an extra threat to open up defences – and there is plenty more to come from the £43million man, according to team-mate Per Mertesacker.