Authors: Jennifer C. Kishbaugh, DVM, Marc T. Valitutto, VMD, Janelle E. Over, MS, Dawn M. Zimmerman, DVM, MS, Lauren L. Howard, DVM, Dennis L. Schmitt, DCM, PhD, Carlos R. Sanchez, DVM, Suzan Murray, DVM.
The in-human care population of elephants is plagued by an endotheliotropic herpes virus that attacks young elephants and causes an acute loss of platelets with associated bleeding. BodeVet, Inc. working with the Smithsonian Institute has begun the process of producing lyophilized platelets for zoos to have available when bleeding occurs. A clinical trial is proposed to determine if platelet transfusion improves outcome, saving these magnificent animals from death.
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