At the Maisons-Alfort veterinary school (Val-de-Marne), Oxmo, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois shepherd, has an infallible flair: in ten seconds, he is able to detect a compress impregnated with the perspiration of a Covid-19 patient. Usually these sniffer dogs work with firefighters to search through rubble. It took train them for the Covid.
“Overall, it takes about five weeks. It is true that we are on dogs that are already trained […], the first quality to be able to succeed in such an exercise is motivation “, Explain Capucine Gallet, trainer at the Maisons-Alfort veterinary school. The first dogs were trained a year ago by Professor Dominique Grandjean, chief veterinarian of the Paris fire department. Since then, the French health authorities have been cautious and have not granted financial aid. The idea has already won over 35 countries, such as Finland, where the technique has been very effective.
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