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Lab Anim Sci. 1996 Aug;46(4):370-80.

Rodent parvovirus infections.

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Section of Comparative Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.


Parvoviruses are among the most common infectious agents of laboratory rodents and major impediments to rodent-based research. The original prototypic rodent parvoviruses-minute virus of mice, rat virus, and H-1 virus-have recently been joined by biologically and antigenically distinct parvoviruses in mice, rats, and hamsters. Recognition of the increased diversity of rodent parvoviruses presents new challenges for determining the impact of parvovirus infection on research and for detecting, preventing, and eliminating infection. This review summarizes current knowledge about rodent parvoviruses and parvovirus infections, highlighting recent research on newly isolated virus strains.

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