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Giant Rats to detect TB in African prisons

Giant rats are one of the unfriendly animals to humans most especially in Africa, rats and human don’t have strings attached to each other due to the few factors like rats destroying their clothes and this factor has created enmity between the two mammals.

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What are Giant rats?

Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. “True rats” are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus

well, some people have trained cats and have employed them in their home to act as super guards against the annoying rats.

Having had a worst relationship with humans, rats on the other side have showed the good in them after a research that the rodents can detect one of the contagious diseases that can affect almost any part of the body Tuberculosis.

Cause of Tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially fatal contagious disease that can affect almost any part of the body but is mainly an infection of the lungs. It is caused by a bacterial microorganism, the tubercle bacillus or Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Before,rats were already used to sniff out landmines, but now they are going to be used to sniff out tuberculosis (TB). Tanzania and Mozambique are among the African countries that are to use the advanced method in their prisons.

This idea was pinned up by the Scientists from APOPO, a non-governmental organisation, and have trained African giant pouched rats to detect the disease.

The organisation will use them in crowded prisons, where TB often goes un diagnosed, because prisoners do not have money or awareness to go to screening and yet the disease is on the appalling disease that can harm you.

Source: bbc

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