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Tuberculosis Detection by Giant African Pouched Rats

By Alan Poling, Bart Weetjens, Christophe Cox, Negussie Beyene, Amy Durgin and Amanda Mahoney

Abstract

In recent years, operant discrimination training procedures have been used to teach giant African pouched rats to detect tuberculosis (TB) in human sputum samples. This article summarizes how the rats are trained and used operationally, as well as their performance in studies published to date. Available data suggest that pouched rats, which can evaluate many samples quickly, are sufficiently accurate in detecting TB to merit further investigation as a diagnostic tool

Topics: Special Section: Behavior Analysis and Animal Scent Detection
Publisher: The Association for Behavior Analysis, Inc.
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:3089413
Provided by: PubMed Central
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