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Dogs can detect malaria by sniffing people's socks

Study says the animals appear able to identify people infected with the disease even if they are not showing symptoms
Freya, a springer spaniel who has been trained to detect malaria. Photograph: Durham University/PA

Dogs’ noses could become a powerful weapon in the battle against malaria, according to research suggesting the animals can tell from a sniff of a sock whether someone has the disease.

Dogs have previously proved highly accurate at detecting a range of human diseases, including prostate cancer and thyroid cancer, as well as at that they have low blood sugar.

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