Army trains dogs to detect Covid-19

  • From November 2020, Indian Army is training special military dogs Casper and Jaya to screen samples and detect COVID-19 among soldiers posted to forward areas of the Northern Command.

  • These dogs are deployed in Delhi and Chandigarh

  • Casper, a two-year-old male Cocker Spaniel, and Jaya, a one-year-old female Chippiparai. They are the first two canines trained to detect COVID-19 cases from sweat and urine samples.

  • Samples identified as positive by the dogs are confirmed through the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests