Tuberculosis detection operations by trained sniffer rats began in Maputo, Mozambique in early 2013. For the first phase of operations, eight HeroRATs will analyze over 560 samples of human sputum per week.
The Mozambican staff and equipment are ready for the exciting start of APOPO’s new arm of TB operations. Local staff from the country’s capital city of Maputo, have started working with the animals. The staff were trained at APOPO’s TB headquarters and research facility in Morogoro, Tanzania, by a team of senior lab technicians and animal handlers, before they were sent to work in the Maputo facility.
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