Mobile units with sniffer dogs out to detect covid

Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 11 March 2021: The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has begun using mobile units of K9 sniffer dogs and security staff to track possible coronavirus (Covid-19) infections, as part of its efforts to support medical frontline workers around the country.

The units are present in targeted areas and venues of major events and competitions to support the efforts of organising committees and health authorities, by using K9 sniffer dogs to smell human samples inside mobile vehicles to detect possible Covid-19 infections.

The National Emirati Team has exerted significant efforts and performed specialist workshops and studies, in cooperation with the best international veterinary colleges, most notably the National Veterinary School of Alfort in France, which is the oldest veterinary school in Europe. Following the results of these workshops and studies, the UAE started experimenting with the use of K9 sniffer dogs to track possible Covid-19 cases, making it the first country in the world to use police dogs to detect infections, said Wam.

The team also organised related international scientific events and forums and presented the UAE’s experience and relevant results and statistics, which received widespread global appreciation and requests to exchange information and data.


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