Another Oregon Zoo Elephant Diagnosed With Tuberculosis

Asian elephant Shine in the North Meadow habitat, part of Elephant Lands at the Oregon Zoo. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

Portland, Ore. —  34 year old Asian elephant Sung-Surin has tested positive for tuberculosis the Oregon Zoo announced Thursday.

The diagnoses happened Wednesday and the zoo says animal care staff and veterinarians started preparing the appropriate treatment regimen.

The elephants caregivers say she has shown no signs of illness and is otherwise in good health.

“Getting these kinds of results early is critical for effective treatment,” said Dr. Tim Storms, the zoo’s lead veterinarian. “Shine has not shown any signs of illness, and with the proper medical care we’re optimistic that she never will. Our elephant-care team has great relationships with her, and that should be very helpful throughout the treatment process.”

In February vets euthanized Packy the Elephant after his health declined following a decision that his tuberculosis was drug-resistant.

 

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