Any of a class of very small viruses chiefly affecting animals, especially one ( canine parvovirus) which causes contagious disease in dogs.
- Owing to narrow tissue or species specificity of parvoviruses, animal parvoviruses do not infect humans.
- Puppies should be vaccinated against distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and rabies.
- Effective vaccines exist for a number of animal parvoviruses.
1960s: from Latin parvus 'small' + virus.
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