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These Cat-Sized Rats are Demining Africa & Detecting Tuberculosis

Over 50 countries worldwide are contaminated by landmines and explosive remnants of war that results to thousands of casualties every year. In their mission to develop a technology that would provide solution to this type of problem and inspire positive change, APOPO, a Belgian non-profit organization came up with detection rats.

With headquarters in Tanzania and operations in Mozambique, Thailand, Angola and Cambodia, APOPO trains giant Gambian or African pouched rats, also known as Hero Rats to sniff out unexploded landmines and diagnose pulmonary tuberculosis in human sputum samples. Moreover, these innovative landmine-detecting Hero Rats can provide their service for 4-5 years before they lose interest in their jobs. Learn more about these Hero Rats by watching the video.

A rat can also be a man’s best friend. What can you say about this detection rats technology? Share with us your thoughts.


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Written by Anne Cacherell

Anne Cacherell is a viral buzz maker who loves to write about inspiring and interesting stories for healthy public consumption. She is currently based in the twin tropical island paradise of Trinidad & Tobago.

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