Elephant Endothelial Cells: A System to Isolate Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus
To date, scientists have identified several herpesviruses but haven’t yet isolated them from infected tissues of sick animals. It is hypothesized that the virus presents in secretions, blood, or tissues of infected animals and could be isolated in the lab in an elephant endothelial- cell culture. Once the virus is isolated, significant understanding of the biology of the virus and the pathophysiology of the disease will be possible. This would constitute a major advance for improving the health and management of African and Asian Elephants, and greatly contribute to their conservation worldwide.