Sensitive test developed by Baylor College of Medicine to identify elephant herpes virus |

Dr. “Our staff is elated that the baby has arrived, and we are finally able to meet her after such a long gestation. Alyne Fortgang, co-founder of Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants, said it was “unethical and irresponsible” to breed Chai until more is known about the cause of Hansa’s fatal infection. There are many strains of herpesviruses that affect elephants, but in particular the endotheliotropic herpesviruses (EEHV1) is deadly. Malti’s mother, Maharani, who rejected a calf in 2004 that subsequently died of infection, had developed a strong bond with this calf. Sometimes elephants die early because they have several strains of the herpes virus, one such case having been reported at the Oklahoma City Zoo back in October 2015, when 4-year old Malee shocked zookeepers with its death. Of the 22 offspring of Thonglaw and Packy, six elephants are still alive.

Jeff Stanton, postdoctoral fellow in the department of molecular virology and microbiology ( at BCM and co-author on the study. In 2009, when Banchs was first brought in to work with the zoo, he helped confirm that a Bornean orangutan, Doc, was suffering from severe heart disease. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2). Elephants with EEHV symptoms are immediately started on famciclovir (an anti-herpes drug also used in humans) to increase their chance of survival. Anticipated start date: March/April 2016. The wound was also cleaned and debrided using 10% hydrogen peroxide draining all the accumulated pus and then treated using a topical application of a tincture of iodine and oxytetracycline spray. Others who took part in the study include:  Drs.

Jian-Chao Zong and Gary S. In a fatal attack, however, it manifests very quickly. Alan Herron, Center for Comparative Medicine and the department of pathology at BCM. What a hall of fame player! Dr. Alan Herron, director of the Comparative Pathology Laboratory in the Center for Comparative Medicine at BCM, and Dr. Because of concerns about the origins of EEHV1 and evidence of cross-species transmission for EEHV3, long-term contact between Asian and African elephants has been discouraged, along with avoiding new contacts between young captive-born Asian elephants and wild-born Asian elephants, as the latter may be carriers of the disease.

Since then the Houston Zoo has welcomed a new calf, named Baylor in recognition of the research efforts of BCM. When Vega-Thurber moved to Oregon State, she was joined by Rosales, who had completed her undergraduate degree and planned to extend her research in marine biology. For more information on the Houston Zoo or photos of the elephants involved in the study, contact Brian Hill at 281-380-5232 or