Saving Baby Elephants from a Lethal Virus
Reports and Scientific Investigations
Keywords: EEHV | elephant herpesvirus | endotheliotropic herpesvirus | wild elephants | Asian elephant
- Herpes puts Sumantran elephants under threat.
- Zachariah, A. Zong, J.-C., Long, S., Latimer, E., Heaggans, S., Richman, L., and Hayward, G. Fatal Herpesvirus Hemorrhagic Disease in Wild and Orphan Asian Elephants in Southern India. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 2013 Apr; 49(2): 381-393. U.S. National Library of Medicine: HHS Public Access.
- Paul D. Ling, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine.
- Sripiboon, S., Tankaew, P., Lungka, G., and Thitaram, C. The Occurrence of Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus in Captive Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus): First Cases of EEHV4 in Asia. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 2013 Mar;44(1): 100-104.
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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.