GLOBAL ONE (G1) – Dogs are treated like humans by some but new research suggests they may be more like superhumans after all.
A group of researchers in the U.K. trained dogs to sniff out malaria with 70% accuracy — all by smelling children’s socks.
The findings were presented this week at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The team collected socks worn by children for 12 to 24 hours.
Some had malaria, some didn’t — and the dogs were trained to sniff the difference.
Malaria is transmitted to humans by mosquitos and is reportedly one of the world’s top killers — especially in Africa.
In 2016 there were 216 million cases of malaria and reportedly killed 445,000 people.
Children under five are the most susceptible to dying from malaria, and two-thirds of deaths are children.
Only two dogs were trained in this study, so it’s not yet ready for widespread use.
But, researchers hope to train more dogs in the future.