Elephant Tissue Infected with Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus

This is a closeup of an Asian elephant's tongue. Notice the bloody splotches caused by blood vessels losing their integrity. (photo courtesy of Laura Richman)

This photograph shows the ulcerated sores inside the mouth of an Asian elephant that died from the herpes infection. (photo courtesy of Laura Richman)

Asian elephant heart muscle (right atrium) is stained dark red due to weak blood vessels leaking. This is believed to be the cause of death for the infected elephants. (photo courtesy of Laura Richman)

Electron microgaphy of Asian elephant cardiac endothelial cell infected with herpesvirus. The arrows point to individual viroids inside the nucleus prior to emerging from the cell to infect additional cells. (photo courtesy of Laura Richman)

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