DAVIS (CBS13) — Researchers at UC Davis are using artificial intelligence to detect a life-threatening bacterial disease in dogs called Leptospirosis.
Researchers say their AI model accurately diagnoses the disease in dogs in less than two weeks, compared to traditional testing.READ MORE: Getting Answers: What Do Increased Releases From Folsom Dam Mean For Region's Water Levels?
They later tested it a new group of dogs and correctly identified nine dogs that were infected.READ MORE: 'This Isn't Going To Hold Us Back': Drag Event In Woodland Stopped Over Alleged Threats Of Violence
By predicting the disease earlier, researchers say doctors and pet owners can better understand the course of the disease and its outcome.MORE NEWS: California Lawmakers Demand Accountability After Personal Info Of Concealed Weapons Holders Leaked
Leptospirosis often causes fever, shivering, muscle tenderness, and other changes in habit for dogs that are infected, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Exposure to rivers, lakes or streams are the most common risk factors.