Is faecal shedding a route of detection of EEHV in Asian Elephants?

Fund

AWF Research Fund

Grant

£5,610

Research Period

2018

Area of study

Student Research

Description

Principal Investigator: Sophie Common. Elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) is one of the most devastating infections and causes of mortality in captive Asian elephant populations. This project aims to decipher whether faecal detection of elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) is possible, by comparing viral loads (using qPCR) of trunk swabs and faecal samples in Asian elephants. If found to be possible, this will allow for a swifter, non-invasive method of screening for EEHV within herds of Asian elephants.