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Saving Baby Elephants from a Lethal Virus

Author(s): Paul D. Ling, Ph.D.

EEHV Threatens Stability of Captive Herds

Asian elephants are an endangered species.

Solving EEHV issues would help stabilize captive populations in North America.

EEHV deaths of great emotional and monetary cost, about 58K per year, per elephant.

EEHV infections and deaths are happening in the wild, although the total effect is currently unknown.

Perhaps the only way to get a handle on this disease/virus is to study captive herds.

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Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

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.