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Sniffer dogs can detect malaria in people by smelling socks

Dogs may be trained to detect malaria in humans by sniffing their socks, new analysis suggests.

Scientists believe the findings of the new study, the primary within which animals have demonstrated the ability to identify a parasitic infection, could potentially lead to the primary rapid and non-invasive test for the disease.

Researchers hope sniffer dogs could be trained to stop malaria spreading across borders and facilitate those affected by the condition receive earlier treatment.