Giant rats to sniff out tuberculosis in Tanzania, Mozambique prisons

By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Scientists in East Africa plan to exploit trained rats’ highly developed sense of smell to carry out mass screening for tuberculosis among inmates of crowded prisons in Tanzania and Mozambique. African Giant Pouched Rats trained by the Belgian non governmental organization APOPO are widely known for their work sniffing out landmines, and are now developing a reputation in East Africa for their skill and speed at detecting TB too. Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death, after HIV, from an infectious disease.
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