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12-18-12, 02:53 PM #1
Dog can sniff out deadly superbugThat success justified testing Cliff’s sense of smell around patients in a hospital, and indeed he correctly identified 25 of 30 people who were sick with the infection and also identified 265 of 270 people who were not sick — a remarkable rate of accuracy for a diagnostic tool that’s almost instantaneous and completely noninvasive. It’s also encouraging since Cliff was trained to detect even the slightest presence ofC. difficile, wafting in the air from a wooden stick, piece of fabric or plastic vial carrying the bacteria.
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