Condition improves for African elephant at Indy Zoo

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The African elephant, Kedar, has shown signs of improvement after being diagnosed with a deadly virus.

According to the Indianapolis Zoo, Kedar's virus levels have dropped significantly after ten days of being administered antiviral medication.

The 13-year-old elephant was diagnosed with Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) on May 9 and has been undergoing aggressive treatment since then.

Kedar was able to eat and go outside for a short time on Wednesday, say zoo officials.

"Since May 6, our animal care staff and veterinary staff have literally worked around the clock to save his life," said Indianapolis Zoo president Dr. Rob Shumaker.

"As of today, the blood results give us tremendous encouragement. All of his blood values are normal or near normal, and the level of EEHV in his bloodstream has dropped, not to zero yet, but almost," Shumaker added.

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