CZA Panel To Develop SOP On Herpes

04 October 2019

Debashis Maharana

Bhubaneswar: The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has constituted a six-member committee to develop Standard Operating Procedure and Protocol(SOPP) to deal with Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus that claimed lives of four pachyderms in less than a month at the Nandankanan Zoo.

"You will be glad to know that Central Zoo Authority yielding to our request has formed a six-member committee to develop a Standard Operating Procedures and Protocols for treatment of herpes afflicted elephants," informed Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha while speaking to reporters at the State-level function on the occasion of the 65th Wildlife Week at Jayadev Bhawan here.

This committee of experts will very soon meet to discuss and deliberate on the issue, he added.

"Till date there is no way to check the spread of herpes virus. Younger elephants mostly in the age group of 10-15 years are vulnerable to this virus. We are now trying to keep the elephants at Nandankanan in isolation," said Sandeep Tripathy, PCCF.

Tripathy stated that man-animal conflict and the herpes virus were the major challenges for wildlife.

He added that there was no immediate solution for herpes while consultations are on with experts.  

Bikram Keshari Arukha, Minister, Forest and Environment