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Zoo medicine
Should we treat elephants with EEHV?
  1. Fieke Molenaar and
  2. Willem Schaftenaar
  1. Zoological Society of London, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY
  2. c/o European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Artis Zoo – Amsterdam, PO Box 20164, 1000 HD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  1. email: fieke.molenaar{at}

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We wish to comment on a case published in Vet Record Case Reports. Ackermann and Hatt present a case of elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus type 1 (EEHV1) viraemia in a three-year-old female Asian elephant calf that did not progress into clinical haemorrhagic disease, despite lack of treatment.1

However, as the authors point out, this calf had been excreting EEHV1 DNA previously, and excretion of the virus can be seen for several weeks after viraemia,2 so it is evident that this was not a primary infection, but a state …

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