Saving Baby Elephants from a Lethal Virus
Paul D. Ling, Ph.D., a microbiologist at Baylor College of Medicine, is a leading global expert on elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus, a disease that is killing baby Asian elephants. This slide set accompanies a presentation given to area teachers as part of the Baylor Saturday Science Series, conducted jointly by the Houston Independent School District and Baylor College of Medicine.
The video and slide set is part of an elementary- and middle school-level curriculum unit, Organisms and Environments: Invisible Threats, developed by Baylor’s Center for Educational Outreach.
To view Dr. Ling’s presentation video, Saving Baby Elephants from a Lethal Virus, click the “Associated Video” button.
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.