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J Gen Virol. 2019 Mar;100(3):367-368. doi: 10.1099/jgv.0.001212. Epub 2019 Jan 23.

ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profile: Parvoviridae.

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1​Department of Laboratory Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520- 8035, USA.
2​Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA.
3​Department of Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's, NL A1B3X9, Canada.
4​National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.
5​Institute of Virology, University of Bonn Medical Centre, Bonn D-53105, Germany.
6​MRC - University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, Glasgow G61 1QH, UK.
7​INRA-Université de Montpellier, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5, France.
8​Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA.
9​Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS 66160, USA.
10​Department of Virology, University of Helsinki, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland.
11​Department of Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520-8035, USA.
12​Centre de Recherche de Microbiologie et Biotechnologie, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier Laval, QC H7V 1B7, Canada.


Members of the family Parvoviridae are small, resilient, non-enveloped viruses with linear, single-stranded DNA genomes of 4-6 kb. Viruses in two subfamilies, the Parvovirinae and Densovirinae, are distinguished primarily by their respective ability to infect vertebrates (including humans) versus invertebrates. Being genetically limited, most parvoviruses require actively dividing host cells and are host and/or tissue specific. Some cause diseases, which range from subclinical to lethal. A few require co-infection with helper viruses from other families. This is a summary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Report on the Parvoviridae, which is available at


Densovirinae; ICTV Report; Parvoviridae; Parvovirinae; taxonomy

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