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Defense Ministry unit trying to teach dogs to sniff out coronavirus — report

The Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure is experimenting whether dogs can be taught to identify if a person is carrying the coronavirus, Channel 13 reports.

The experiment is trying to teach dogs from the IDF’s elite Oketz Canine Unit to detect the virus by using saliva samples from coronavirus patients, according to the report.

A military dog, part of the IDF’s Oketz Unit, participates in a large-scale exercise simulating warfare against the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon, in June 2019. (Israel Defense Forces)

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