INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Indianapolis Zoo officials shared more good news for Kedar, a 13-year-old African elephant who contracted a deadly virus.
On Tuesday, zoo officials said the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) in the elephant is "nearly undetectable now" and he was able to get back into the large yard he's accustomed to.
The zoo started testing the blood of each elephant twice a week after two elephants, Nyah and Kalina, died in March. When the zoo announced Kedar had tested positive for EEHV, they said veterinarians were able to diagnose the virus early and an antiviral treatment was immediately started.
Ten days after starting the treatment, they saw the virus levels drop significantly. With Tuesday's update, the zoo said they're "so pleased with his progress."
Scientists aren't sure how the disease spreads from elephants to elephants, but they know it does not spread to humans.
The Indianapolis Zoo has six African elephants, including 37-year-old Ivory, 13-year-old Zahara, 43-year-old Tombi, 52-year-old Sophi, 43-year-old Kubwa and the only male in the herd is Kedar.
Thanks to everyone for your continued well-wishes for Kedar, our 13-yr-old male elephant who's recovering from EEHV. The virus is nearly undetectable now & he recently started going back into the large yard. We're so pleased with his progress! pic.twitter.com/K7QvMYM5m4
— Indianapolis Zoo (@IndianapolisZoo) May 28, 2019