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Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus

Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) is a rare disease that has killed five elephants in Odisha.

  • EEHV is as a type of herpes virus that can cause a highly fatal hemorrhagic disease in young Asian elephants between the ages of 1 and 12.
  • If a young elephant dies before reproducing, it affects the population of the species as a whole in the concerned geography.
  • When EEHV is triggered, the elephant dies of massive internal bleeding and symptoms which are hardly visible, like reduced appetite, nasal discharge, and swollen glands.
  • The disease is usually fatal, with a short course of 28-35 hours.
  • There is no cure for herpes viruses in animals or in humans
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