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Parvoviruses are cleverly named for their extreme size (parve=small). They are species-specific and serious gastroenteric infections.


  • Small, non-enveloped, icosahedral DNA virus with featureless virions

Virulence and Pathogenesis

  • Resistant to pH (even gastric acidity), heat, and desiccation
  • Infect rapidly dividing cells
  • Target bone marrow, intestinal epithelium, and growing fetus (via viremia)
  • Causes Parvovirus Enteritis


  • Can persist for years in the environment

Parvoviridae Learning Resources
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Pages in category "Parvoviridae"

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