Saving Baby Elephants from a Lethal Virus
EEHV Causes Blood Vessel Leakage
EEHV is a multisystem syndrome because it affects multiple organ systems in the body. Blood vessel leakage is called hemorrhage. Famous examples of hemorrhagic pathogens include Ebola and Marburg viruses.
Can anyone think of other examples of virus infections that cause blood vessel leaking?
- Paul D. Ling, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine.
- Photo from video animation by Liz Hodge © Foundation for Biomedical Research. Used with permission.
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How can we protect ourselves and animals from infectious diseases? Students explore the U.S. polio epidemic, investigate different diseases and vaccinations used to fight them, the concept of herd immunity, EEHV that can kill baby Asian elephants, and the link between climate change and disease. (8 activities)
Paul D. Ling, Ph.D., a microbiologist at Baylor College of Medicine, is a leading global expert on Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV), a disease that is killing baby Asian elephants. Join him as he discusses the virus, key discoveries, and a treatment protocol developed by his research team which keeps the elephants alive.
In this storybook, young students track a mysterious illness that is killing baby elephants. They learn how doctors and scientists identified the pathogen, found a treatment and are working to make a vaccine.
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Development of the Science of Infectious Diseases teaching materials and video resources was supported in part by funds from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, grant numbers R25AI084826 and 4R25AI097453.