Some researchers in the United Kingdom are training dogs to be a able to smell if you have malaria. Malaria is a problem around the world because in 2016, 445,000 people were killed because of it. The researchers thought if mosquitoes could smell these things, then maybe dogs could. They started to train some dogs. Some people thought it was a crazy idea, but they tried it anyway. First the researchers collected socks that were worn for 12 to 24 hours by kids in Gambia; then they froze them while they trained the dogs in the United Kingdom. When they were done, they took the socks out, and the dogs were able to smell the malaria. The researchers were very surprised that it worked. Now they are training the dogs to smell living people!
I chose this article because I already knew that dogs could smell if you have cancer but not malaria. I thought it was very interesting that dogs could smell things like that. I hope you find it interesting too. I think this article is important to the world because a lot of people don’t know that dogs could do such important things. This could change the world because it could stop the disease from spreading and get rid of it forever!
By Annabella 4T