Angus is one of two dogs in the world trained to detect C. difficile. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)

Angus is one of two dogs in the world trained to detect C. difficile. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)

Angus the C. difficile sniffing dog visits Vernon hospital

C. difficile detection dogs are a cheaper option to detect this dangerous bacteria often found in hospitals.

Angus is one of two dogs in the world that has been trained to sniff out C. difficile, a harmful bacteria often found in hospitals. C. difficile is one of several bacteria “superbugs” that are largely immune to treatment and are particularly bad for individuals with auto-immune diseases. Despite hard work of cleaning staff, it is often difficult to eradicate — C. diff spores can last up to five months. Hospitals are of particular concern as many patients have weakened immune systems. Angus visited the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Friday.

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Detection dogs are trained the same way as bomb detection dogs. They are a much cheaper and quicker option to technological/machine detection devices. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)

Detection dogs are trained the same way as bomb detection dogs. They are a much cheaper and quicker option to technological/machine detection devices. (Brieanna Charlebois/ Morning Star)