MEDICAL SCENT DETECTION RESEARCH

Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and are one of the world’s best biosensors. They have over 300 million scent receptors and their olfactory acuity is over 100,000 times stronger than humans. This combined with their ability to learn, has made them valuable allies in detecting bombs, drugs and various types of disease. Since 2014, Assistance Dogs of Hawaii (ADH) has led several research studies determining the capacity of dogs to identify disease in humans. The first study on dogs detecting bacterial infections was mentioned in the New England Journal of Medicine and published in Oxford Journal's Open Forum Infectious Diseases.

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ADH, a Maui based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and the Queens Medical Center recently completed a major research study, investigating dogs' ability to detect SARS-CoV-2 in people. The dogs achieved extremely high accuracy rates and the results will soon be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. 

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PILOT PROJECT- SCREENING STUDENTS AT SCHOOL

Volunteers can be any age and must have a PCR test (positive or negative) within 48 hours of sample collection.

 

It’s quick and simple to participate. Maui residents can call ADH at 808-298-0167 or email:  info@assistancedogshawaii.org

A pilot project is underway on Maui in partnership with Seabury Hall, where dogs are providing additional screening for students and staff members. Positive and negative samples are still needed for this pilot project.

ADH PARTNERS WITH THE QUEEN'S MEDICAL CENTER ON COVID-19 RESEARCH STUDY

MEET THE SUPER SNIFFERS

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TESS

Age: 3

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Birthplace: Australia

Temperament:

Sweet and easy going

Favorite Thing: Napping

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GEORGIA

Age: 1 1/2

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Birthplace: Maui

Temperament: 

Calm and affectionate

Favorite Thing: Hiking

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SADIE

Age: 6

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Birthplace: Maui

Temperament:

Intelligent and intuitive

Favorite Thing: Puppuccinos

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GRACE

Age: 1 1/2

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Birthplace: Maui

Temperament: 

Enthusiastic and dedicated

Favorite Thing: Playing

FAQ

HOW WILL DOGS BE ABLE TO HELP?

The goal of this pilot project is to determine the ability of medical detection dogs to screen students and staff for COVID-19 in a school setting. In the future, medical detection dogs may be deployed to other public places such as airports and hospitals to provide an additional, accurate, rapid and non-invasive screening method for COVID-19.

IS THE STUDY SAFE FOR DOGS, VOLUNTEERS AND RESEARCHERS?

WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE DOGS BE TRAINING AND WORKING?

The dogs are currently in training at the ADH Main Campus on Maui. They will be screening students and staff at Seabury Hall on Maui.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A DOG IDENTIFIES A PERSON'S SAMPLE AS POSITIVE?

If the dogs alert to a volunteer’s sweat sample as positive for COVID-19 while screening at the school, a follow-up RT-PCR test will be given immediately to confirm results within 15 minutes.

The dogs in Hawaii are being trained to detect COVID-19 in sweat samples, which does not carry the risk of transmission to animals or humans. Safety measures will be followed and PPE utilized, throughout this project.