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Saving Baby Elephants from a Lethal Virus (EEHV)

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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.

Dr. Ling’s presentation was part of the Baylor Saturday Science Series, conducted jointly by the Houston Independent School District and Baylor College of Medicine. The video is part of an elementary-level curriculum unit on infectious disease, developed by Baylor’s Center for Educational Outreach. The Index Elephant may be downloaded free-of-charge from the Library section of this website. A teacher’s guide is currently in development.


Download the slide set that accompanies this presentation. 


Paul Dalling Ling, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. 

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Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

Development of The index Elephant 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 R25 AI084826 and R25 AI097453.