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Beagles Chasing Dangerous Bowel Germs

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A trained beagle was able to detect C difficile in stool samples of infected hospital patients with 100 % sensitivity and specificity (95 % confidence interval 91 % to 100 %). During the detection rounds, the dog correctly identified 25 of the 30 cases (sensitivity 83 %, 65 % to 94 %) and 265 of the 270 controls (specificity 98 %, 95 % to 99 %).


(State: 18.06.2013)

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