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Virus classification
Group: Group I (dsDNA)


Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

The Asfarvirus, is a family of viruses which primarily infect swine, which results in an onset of African swine fever virus. Hence it gets its name from the acronym: African swine fever and related viruses. They are all enveloped and have double stranded DNA as its genome. Several species exist, neither of which are able to infect humans. The Asfarvirus exhibits some similarities in genome structure and replication strategies to the poxviruses and phycodnaviruses, but has different virion structure from poxviruses and several other properties that distinguish it from the latter [1].


  1. Index of Viruses - Asfarviridae (2006). In: ICTVdB - The Universal Virus Database, version 4. Büchen-Osmond, C (Ed), Columbia University, New York, USA.


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