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Parvovirus particle. Computer artwork showing the outer structure of a human parvovirus (family Parvoviridae) particle (virion). Parvoviridae viruses include the smallest known viruses and some of the most environmentally resistant. Each particle consists of a single-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) genome (not shown) surrounded by an icosahedral protein capsid. Many virus particles belonging to this family have been associated with outbreaks of gastroenteritis, although a causative role in human disease cannot always be established.
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