Examining the Ultra Structure of Poxvirus by Using Scanning Electron Microscopy

  • Damián Franklin, Martínez Bárzaga, Madruga Marante


Poxviridae is a family of viruses. Humans, vertebrates, and arthropods serve as natural hosts. There are currently 69 species in this family, divided among 28 genera, which are divided into two subfamilies. Diseases associated with this family include smallpox. Smallpox has been eradicated. The remaining poxviruses pathogenic for humans cause skin lesions with usually only limited constitutional involvement. Human cowpox and parapox infections are usually localized and relatively unimportant; human monkeypox is a severe generalized infection which involves organs such as the lungs. This research work examines the ultrastructure of poxvirus by using scanning electron microscopy.