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Indy Zoo says elephants Kedar & Zahara have beaten deadly virus

Posted at 1:47 PM, Jul 02, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Zoo says two elephants diagnosed with a deadly virus are now healthy.

"Zahara and Kedar are both healthy and have beaten the virus," the zoo said in a statement on Tuesday. "We will continue to monitor the entire herd through frequent blood testing."

The two elephants were diagnosed with Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV), they were the third and fourth case diagnosed at the zoo this year.

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EEHV is the same virus that killed elephants Nyah and Kalina at the Indianapolis Zoo earlier this year.

The EEHV virus causes fatal hemorrhagic in elephants, mainly Asian elephants, according to the zoo. Due to the illness being uncommon in African elephants, there was not a protocol at hand for the Indianapolis Zoo veterinarians.

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