Superbug Sniffer

Move over, bomb-sniffing dogs. A Canadian canine handler has trained her English springer spaniel, Angus, to sniff out notorious superbug Clostridium difficile in hospitals, where superbug infections are a growing problem.
 
Teresa Zurburg came up with the idea after suffering a near-fatal C. difficile infection 3 years ago, and Vancouver’s general hospital enthusiastically signed on for a pilot project. More efficient than traditional methods of finding the bacteria, Angus noses from room to room, followed by a robot that uses ultraviolet light to clean infected areas.
 
The spaniel’s success has garnered much interest from health authorities across the world who would like to replicate Zurburg’s idea.
 
Source: The Guardian

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