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Calicivirus

Electron micrograph of calicivirus

The caliciviruses are a family of single-stranded RNA viruses.

Within the calicivirus family, noroviruses and sapoviruses cause gastrointestinal disease in humans.

 

(Photo: FLI)

Symptoms of calicivirus infection can include vomiting and diarrhoea, but most people make a full recovery within a couple of days and do not require medical attention.

The name calicivirus is derived from the Latin word calyx meaning cup or goblet. Many strains of the virus have visible cup-shaped depressions.

 


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