Grant to help researchers tackle serious elephant disease

09/16/2013 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

A $459,147 grant has been awarded to a research team for the study of elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus. The Houston Zoo has lost six animals to the disease in the past 25 years, with the most recent loss occurring in 2008, a case that prompted a collaboration between the zoo and Baylor College of Medicine. Johns Hopkins University and the Smithsonian are also involved. EEHV is the top cause of mortality among Asian elephants in the U.S., and it's a key barrier to a stable and self-sustaining elephant population in North America.

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