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Trained dogs can detect C. difficile in stool

8 days ago   |   By Healio

Dogs trained to sniff out Clostridium difficile in human stool samples were able to identify cases with up to 92.6 sensitivity and 85.1 specificity, according to recent study findings.
However, Maureen T. Taylor, physician assistant in infectious diseases at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto, and colleagues said wide variability in the dogs' performance restricts their use in point-of-care testing.
“The inconsistency in each dog's ability to correctly allocate specimens is a major limitation to the widespread use of dogs to detect toxigenic C. difficile in clinical settings,”
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