Elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus

Elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) is a type of herpes virus that causes deadly haemorrhagic disease in elephants. It is one of the world’s most deadly viral infections in elephants, especially for the Asian elephants. The symptoms include sudden illness accompanied by reduced appetite, swollen glands on both sides of the face and nasal discharge.
The viral infection was reported in Gadchiroli forests in Maharashtra. It had resulted in the deaths of two elephants in the recent past. The transmission may have occurred via trunk secretions and saliva of the infected elephants.


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