Skip to comments.St. Louis Zoo Elephant Undergoing Herpes Treatment
Posted on 12/10/2009 9:31:54 PM PST by nickcarraway
The Saint Louis Zoo's two-and-a-half-year-old Asian elephant named Jade is undergoing treatment for elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV), according to Curator of Mammals Martha Fischer.
Jade was successfully treated for EEHV in February of this year and since then her blood tests had been negative. The virus is potentially fatal to elephants.
"Jade is holding her own," according to Fischer. "We have continued to monitor our young elephants very closely every day for symptoms of EEHV and check their blood levels regularly."
A cooperative multi-institutional research effort to study EEHV and find a cure has been underway for the last several years. This study is driven by North American elephant care facilities and researchers and is facilitated by the International Elephant Foundation. The Saint Louis Zoo and other elephant facilities have been actively contributing samples to this research effort since before Jade and Maliha were born.
Insert Tiger joke...
LOL - was thinking the same thing. Was the Elephant by chance blonde?
I was wondering if Clinton was there...
ok what do you get when you cross a tiger and an elephant? I don’t know but it wont be half as mean as when you cross a swedish housewife.. :)
Or Paris Hilton.
Safe Schools Czar Jennings on any field trips lately?
I can only imagine how much ointment is required for elephant herpes.
She told me it was just a cold sore!
It won't be pretty.
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