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Indy Zoo says Kedar the elephant is showing improvement

Posted at 12:37 PM, May 16, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Zoo says their 13-year-old elephant, Kedar, is showing improvement after receiving treatment for a rare African elephant disease.

The male African elephant tested positive for Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) last week,the same virus that killed Nyah and Kalina.

Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) is unforgiving and aggressive, striking Asian and African elephants in the wild, in sanctuaries and in zoos. We are very grateful for everyone’s kindness and healing thoughts for Kedar and will continue to provide updates on any changes in his condition.

A zoo spokesperson said Kedar was able to go outside on Wednesday.

The zoo's veterinary staff was able to diagnose EEHV extremely early and immediately began treatment with antiviral medication. After 10 days of treatment, the virus levels have dropped significantly and Kedar continues to improve each day.

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