Coronavirus sniffer dogs deployed to Dubai airport with 91% accuracy: report

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Looks like these puppies are doing a great job.

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is the first in the world to deploy a K-9 unit trained to detect coronavirus cases amid the global health crisis, with dogs having performed more than 400 tests in recent weeks with precision reported 91%.

The world’s busiest airline hub for international travel sent the K-9 unit for rapid COVID-19 testing earlier this month, reports SF Gate. All persons arriving in the UAE must be tested for the viral disease before departure and show proof of negative results upon entry.

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Additionally, Gulf News reported on Wednesday that the Dubai Police Unit’s K-9 performed 400 tests in the last three weeks of the trial, with an “impressive” overall accuracy of 91%.

In partnership with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), “potentially infected passengers” traveling via DXB enter a designated testing area to give an odor sample via an armpit swab, according to TravelPulse. From there, the trained canines are presented with the samples in another secluded room, sniffing body odor through a funnel-shaped device.

If the dog detects what could be COVID-19, the passenger, left waiting for just a few minutes, is asked to take a nasal PCR test, by SFGate.

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“If the sample is positive, the dog will sit in front of it. It only takes a few minutes, ”said Major Salah Khalifa Al Mazrouei, director of the Dubai K-9 Police Security Inspection Unit, told Gulf News.

“The UAE is the first in the world to use K9 police dogs. We are in direct contact with experts in the United Kingdom and France to train our dogs to detect the virus, ”added Al Mazroui.

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The Associated Press reports that DXB saw 86.4 million passengers in 2019, according to MarketWatch.

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