For years, a study concerning the characteristics of parvoviruses appeared to describe a mere laboratory problem. With one exception—the causative agent included in feline panleukopenia, feline ataxia, and mink enteritis—potential members of the genus, whether isolated from human, rat, hamster, mouse, pig, calf, or dog tissue specimens, were encountered by chance and, due to their unknown role as pathogens, only enlarged the group of “viruses in search of disease”. Nevertheless, the first data obtained during early investigations clearly indicated that, with the discovery of parvoviruses, an important gap then still present in the DNA-virus class could be filled.
KeywordsGeneral Survey Human Hepatitis Hemagglutination Inhibition Test Viral Polypeptide Feline Panleukopenia Virus
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