The Parvoviridae family includes the smallest known viruses, and some of the most environmentally resistant. They were discovered during the 1960s and affect mammals.
Parvovirus B19 was the first human parvovirus to be discovered and is best known for causing a childhood exanthem called "fifth disease" (erythema infectiosum), although it is also associated with other diseases including arthritis.
Parvovirus RA-1 had originally also been associated with rheumatoid arthritis, but this is now thought to have been an error due to laboratory contamination.
ParvoviridaeParvoviridae family includes the smallest known viruses, and some of the most environmentally resistant.
Parvovirus, commonly called parvo, is a genus of the ParvoviridaeParvoviridae family includes the smallest known viruses, and some of the most environmentally resistant.
Like all members of the parvoviridae family, they infect only mammalsmammals are the class of vertebrate animals characterized by the presence of mammary glands, which in females produce milk for the nourishment of young; the presence of hair or fur; and which have endothermic or "warm-blooded" bodies.
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