19 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: Another elephant has died at Nandankanan Zoological Park on the outskirts of the Capital city on Thursday, the second to die within a span of five days due to suspected herpes infection.
This time it's seven-year-old Kamala-a female elephant, the last being Chandan-a 10-year-old male elephant which died on September 15. Another female elephant had died on August 26 in the zoo-three deaths in less than a month.
Sources in the zoo said that Kamala succumbed to suspected herpes infection while undergoing intensive anti-viral treatment. With this the number of female elephants in the zoo comes down to five which include two sub-adults.
This female elephant was born on 01 August 2013 at the Orissa Veterinary College and was brought to the zoo on 22 November the same year, the sources added.
Worth mentioning, elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) is a type of herpes virus which causes highly fatal hemorrhagic disease when transmitted to young Asian elephants and has a very high mortality rate.
The disease can be treated with quick administration of antiviral drugs but has only been effective in a few cases, said sources.
Authorities of the zoo on Monday last had written to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), requesting it to issue a protocol on the disease.Young elephants in the zoo are more susceptible to the virus.Once the virus becomes active, it takes no time to multiply and damage the internal tissues, leading to death, the sources further said.