Zoo in Md. has hope for elephant with endotheliotropic herpesvirus

03/14/2013 | Baltimore Sun, The

Veterinarians and handlers at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore are aggressively treating Samson, a nearly 5-year-old African elephant, for endotheliotropic herpesvirus. The often fatal disease is typically found in young Asian elephants, but the strain Samson is infected with appears to be less dangerous to African elephants, and zoo curator and elephant manager Mike McClure says Samson's training has helped facilitate his treatment. Veterinarians put Samson on a regimen that includes 40 times the dose of herpes medicine used in humans. His case is expected to provide important information about the disease.

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