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10th Annual International Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV) Workshop


International-Elephant-Foundation-logoCo-hosted by the Houston Zoo and the
International Elephant Foundation

Monday – Wednesday
February 16 – 18, 2015

Hotel

Crowne Plaza River Oaks
2712 Southwest Freeway Houston TX 77098
Reservations: 1-877-270-1393

Workshop Registration Cost: $110
Includes: Conference attendance, snacks, breakfast and lunch
Wifi available in meeting room

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Registration Questions? Contact Lauren Howard at lhoward@houstonzoo.org

Please make hotel reservations early – the cut off for the workshop group rate discount is February 2, 2015. After this date the cost of the rooms nearly doubles! To get the workshop group rate, You can book by phone or by clicking on the hotel name above to register online. If you call the hotel (713-523-8448), ask the reservations department to book rooms under the “Houston Zoo Elephant Managers Meeting.”

NOTE: This meeting will build upon previous meetings and will not go over basic details of EEHV. For basic information on EEHV, please visit the main EEHV website: www.eehvinfo.org


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2013 EEHV Conference, Houston Zoo

Airport Transportation Information

Travel Times from the Houston Zoo

Bush Intercontinental Airport – 30 mins (under normal traffic conditions)
William P. Hobby Airport – 20 mins (under normal traffic conditions)

TSA recommends arriving at the airport a minimum of two hours prior to flight departure for domestic flights and three hours prior to flight departure for international flights.

Directions from Bush Intercontinental Airport to the Hotel

Directions from Hobby Airport to the Hotel

Transportation Options

Super Shuttle
Houston Yellow Cab
Lone Star Cab

Workshop Schedule

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Monday 2/16

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Registration table near hotel check in
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Ice Breaker at Hotel, registration at Ice Breaker


Tuesday 2/17

7:15 – 8:00 Breakfast
8:00 – 8:20 Introductions, opening remarks (D. Cannon or S. Joseph)
8:20 – 8:40 EEHV Advisory Group Update (L Howard)

8:40 – 10:00 SESSION I: RESEARCH UPDATES

Distribution and load of elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus DNA in tissues from associated fatalities in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) – Katharina Seilern-Moy, Dept. of Virology, Animal & Plant Health Agency, UK

Seroprevalence of IgG antibodies to elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) genotpye 1 in captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus): Test results of 1254 samples. – Byron Martina, Erasmus Medical Center & Willem Shaftenaar, Rotterdam Zoo, Netherlands

Detecting EEHV-specific T cell responses in Asian elephants – Angela Fuery, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Virology

10:00 – 10:30 Morning Break

10:30 – 12:00 SESSION II: EEHV AROUND THE WORLD

Update on EEHV research at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom – Laura Bennett, Nottingham University, UK

The occurrence of EEHV infection in Thailand – Supahen Sripiboon, Murdoch University

EEHV Protocol and Experiences at Twycross Zoo – Sarah Chapman, Twycross Zoo, UK

Summary of EEHV-related events in Europe between February 2013 and February 2015 – Willem Schaftenaar, Rotterdam Zoo, Netherlands

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 SESSION III: EEHV MONITORING AND SAMPLE COLLECTION

Alternative blood sampling technique in elephants for EEHV PCR testing – Javier Lopez, Chester Zoo

Albuquerque Biopark collaboration with the University of New Mexico to set up local EEHV diagnostic lab – Carol Bradford, Albuquerque Biopark

Refining a multiplex qPCR assay to simultaenously detect elephant endotheliotropic herpesviruses infections in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) – Jonathan Haycock, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Webridge, UK

Clinical and subclinical infection of captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) with elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) 4 and EEHV1B – Paul Ling, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Virology

Recommendations for Monitoring and Testing of EEHV - Erin Latimer, NEHL

3:00 – 3:30 Afternoon break

3:30 – 5:30 SESSION IV: EEHV IN OUR COMMUNITY

www.eehvinfo.org: New and Improved! – Erin Latimer, National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory

Owning the EEHV story: framing the fight against the virus – Jill Alread, CEO/President Public Communications, Inc., Chicago

What is the evidence that EEHV causes hemorrhagic disease? – Gary Hayward, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

EEHV Case Definition and what it means for us – Lauren Howard, Houston Zoo

Tuesday night: Dinner on Own


Wednesday 2/18

7:15 – 8:00 Breakfast
8:00 – 8:20 Goals for today, wrap up from yesterday

8:20 – 10:00 SESSION V: EEHV THERAPY

Autologous stem and regenerative cells: Introduction and potential applications for EEHV therapy – Michael Coleman, Ingeneron, Houston, TX

In vitro investigation into antiviral efficacy and EEHV – Mathias Ackermann, Institute of Virology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Use of ganciclovir in Asian elephants for treatment of EEHV infection – Luis Padilla, St. Louis Zoo

Penciclovir levels in Asian elephants undergoing famciclovir treatment for clinical EEHV viremia at the Houston Zoo
Lauren Howard, Houston Zoo

10:00 – 10:30 Morning Break

10:30 – 11:50 SESSION VI: SUCCESSFUL MANAGEMENT OF CLINICAL EEHV

Endotheliotropic herpesvirus treatments in a wild orphan baby Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) – Khajohnpat Boonprasert, Elephant Hospital, The Elephant Conservation Center, Thailand

Clinical EEHV1 in a juvenile Asian elephant: qPCR guided therapy – Fieke Molenaar, Whipsnade Zoo

Medical monitoring and treatment of clinical EEHV viremia in juvenile Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) at the Houston Zoo – Maryanne Tocidlowski, Houston Zoo

11:50-12:00: Afternoon Instructions

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Transport to Houston Zoo
2:00 – 3:00 EEHV Drill Exercise at Houston Zoo’s McNair Elephant Habitat Barn – Joseph Flanagan, Maryanne Tocidlowski, Maud Marin, Daryl Hoffman, Amanda Rinker
3:15 – 4:00 Follow up Discussion, closing Remarks at Houston Zoo Brown Education Center Auditorium
5:30 – 7:00 Buffet Dinner provided at Twiga Cafe in Houston Zoo’s African Forest
7:00 p.m. Transportation back to conference hotel