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Chapter: Medical Microbiology: An Introduction to Infectious Diseases: Poxviruses

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Poxviruses: Group Characteristics

Poxviruses are large, brick-shaped or ovoid, double-stranded DNA-carrying virions (Fig 35–1) measuring approximately 100 200 300 nm.

POXVIRUSES: GROUP CHARACTERISTICS

Poxviruses are large, brick-shaped or ovoid, double-stranded DNA-carrying virions (Fig 35–1) measuring approximately 100 200 300 nm. Their structure is complex, and replication occurs in the cytoplasm of infected cells. They possess an envelope, which is not acquired by budding and not essential for infectivity.




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