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STRUCTURE OF RABIES VIRUS

  1. The Rabies virus belong to the family Rhabdoviridae
  2. It is bullet shaped measuring about 130-240 nm in length
  3. It contains single stranded RNA with negative polarity.
  4. The envelop is a bilayer membrane which is lipid soluble. It consists of projections (6-7nm) which consists of Glycoprotein (G protein) having a molecular weight of 65,000-80,000 and Matrix proteins (M1 and M2) having a molecular weight of 20,000-25,000.
  5. It has RNA dependent RNA transcriptase
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