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1 September 2014 FIRST REPORTED CASE OF ELEPHANT ENDOTHELIOTROPIC HERPES VIRUS INFECTION IN LAOS
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The elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) is now recognized as one of the main causes of death of young Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in North American zoos. Its impact in wild and domestic elephant populations in Asia is not clearly understood. This article describes the first case of EEHV infection in Lao People's Democratic Republic of a 2.5-yr-old domestic male Asian elephant. Clinical signs and pathological findings reported here are consistent with previous infections in Asian elephant calves. Phylogenetic analyses showed 100% homology with other EEHV-1A strains identified in Asia, Europe, and North America. Contamination of the molecular assays was ruled out, because the DNA polymerase sequence identified in this study differed from the positive control by two base pairs.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Bertrand Bouchard, Bounmy Xaymountry, Nikorn Thongtip, Preeda Lertwatcharasarakul, and Worawidh Wajjwalku "FIRST REPORTED CASE OF ELEPHANT ENDOTHELIOTROPIC HERPES VIRUS INFECTION IN LAOS," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 45(3), 704-707, (1 September 2014). https://doi.org/10.1638/2013-0264R1.1
Received: 8 November 2013; Published: 1 September 2014
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