Asian Elephant Ailing at St. Louis Zoo

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 10 (UPI) — A worker at the St. Louis Zoo said Jade the Asian elephant is receiving medical care after showing symptoms of a potentially deadly virus.

St. Louis Zoo mammal curator Martha Fischer said while symptoms of elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus in Jade has subsided, zoo officials are concerned the elephant faced a recurrence of the virus it fought off in February, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday.

“We didn’t expect a relapse because none of the other survivors (of this virus) have had notable relapses. This is a disease we just don’t know enough about. We take it minute by minute when they are in the middle of it, but she had made positive strides in the right direction,” Fischer said.

As part of the 24-hour medical care being given to Jade, the Asian elephant is receiving intravenous antiviral medication.

The Post-Dispatch said most EEHV victims die within days of contracting the virus, but Jade survived an initial bout with the virus and had not shown related symptoms until late last month.

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