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Ross River virus particle. Computer artwork showing the outer structure of a Ross River virus (RRV) particle (virion). RRV is a small encapsulated single-strand RNA alphavirus endemic to Australia, Papua New Guinea and other islands in the South Pacific. It is responsible for a type of mosquito-borne non-lethal but debilitating tropical disease known as Ross River fever. Each particle consists of a single-stranded RNA (ribonucleic acid) genome (not shown) surrounded by a protein capsid with glycoproteins (light green) embedded in its surface. These surface proteins are used for recognising and binding to the host cell.
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