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Covid-sniffing Dog Unit Makes Official Debut

Thailand’s first Covid-19 sniffer dog team made its official debut to the public and press Thursday after a team at Chulalongkorn University demonstrated the dogs’ ability to screen patients.

The Rot Dom Wai (รถดมไว), which in English translates to the Dog Olfactory Mobile Vehicle for Viral Inspection, is a mobile laboratory equipped with sterilization equipment and devices to hold samples for the dogs to sniff. The vehicle is now ready to be deployed.

“Dogs are 50 times more capable of smelling than humans, that’s why we came up with the research,” Professor Dr Kaywalee Chatdarong, the associate dean for the Research and Innovation at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Chulalongkorn University and the head of the research project, said earlier this year.

This latest innovation by the university’s Faculty of Engineering came after researchers at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine trained six Labrador retrievers, Angel, Bobby, Bravo, Apollo, Tiger, and Nasa, to detect Covid-19 in asymptomatic patients through their sweat samples.

The project is a collaboration between the university’s Faculties of Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Science, and Engineering, along with Chevron and consulting firm PQA Associates. It is Thailand’s first Covid-19 dog sniffing unit. ….

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