This an absolutely fascinating story showing once again just how amazing our beagles are with that precious nose of theirs! The disease is known as Clostridium difficile.
Clostridium difficile, a bacteria, causes severe diarrhea and colitis. It spreads quickly in hospitals, faster than hospital personnel can find and eradicate its source.
Doctors have two tests for it and theoretically could use the tests to identify sick patients and prevent them from infecting others, but both have drawbacks.
One of them takes days to yield a result, leaving plenty of time for the bacteria to spread. The other is expensive and not available at every hospital!
Enter Cliff, a Dutch dog who provides instantaneous results for free. After two months of training, he graduated with stellar accuracy rates. He is a beagle, after all — a breed famous for their superior sense of smell!
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Feature Image Source: The BMJ