Saving Baby Elephants from a Lethal Virus
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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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.