Parvovirus, commonly called parvo, is a
Parvoviridae family of
viruses. Parvoviruses are some of the smallest viruses found in
nature (hence the name, from
parvus meaning small). Like all members of the parvoviridae
family, they infect only
Parvoviruses can cause
Canine parvovirus is a particularly deadly disease among young
gastrointestinal tract damage and
dehydration as well as a cardiac syndrome in very young pups.
Mouse parvovirus 1, however, causes no symptoms but can contaminate
laboratories. The most accurate
of parvovirus is by
ELISA. Dogs and
cats can be
vaccinated against parvovirus.
Many types of mammalian
a strain of parvovirus associated with them. A parvovirus tends to be specific
about the taxon
of animal it will
infect. That is, a canine parvovirus will affect
foxes, but will not
infect cats or humans.
Parvovirus B19, which causes
disease in humans, is a member of the
Erythrovirus genus of
Parvoviridae rather than Parvovirus.
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