OKC Zoo contributes to elephant virus research

OKC Zoo contributes to elephant virus research

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (TNN) - The Oklahoma City Zoo is contributing to research that may eradicate a virus that claimed the life of one of its animals in 2015.

EEHV is a lethal virus that kills elephants in the wild and in captivity.

Just four years ago, the virus claimed the life of Malee, the first elephant calf born in The Oklahoma City Zoo.

Her sister tested positive for the virus and survived.

The zoo has invested in an EEHV monitoring program to detect DNA evidence of the virus.

The Zoo’s director of veterinary services is confident a vaccine is only a few years from reality.

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