Image of Paramyxovirus

Image of Paramyxovirus


This transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the presence of numerous paramyxovirus virions, which in this instance, were responsible for a case of the mumps. Paramyxoviruses are members of the family, Paramyxoviridae, and those that cause mumps in humans belong to the genus, Rubulavirus. The virus itself can present itself in a number of morphologic shapes, including spherical, and stand-like, or filamentous, ranging from 150nm to 200nm in diameter, and 1000nm to 10000nm in length. At its core lies a non-segmented, negative-sense RNA genome.
Created: 1975

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