Genus: Rabovirus

Genus: Rabovirus



Virus has not yet been isolated.

Nucleic acid

Length of genome (Ng et al., 2015): 7,834 nt (5'-UTR: 751 nt; ORF: 7,005 nt; 3'-UTR: 78 nt). The location of the cre has not been identified.

Genome organization and replication

Genome layout:


The deduced polyprotein has a length of 2,335 amino acids. The L protein has unknown function. The 2A protein has been proposed to be chymotrypsin-like protease. 


See discussion under family description.


Viral RNA was detected in faeces of Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) in USA and Germany.

Species demarcation criteria

Divergence of P1 sequences suggest the single species Rabovirus A may include two types.

Member species

SpeciesVirus name(s)Exemplar isolateExemplar accession numberExemplar RefSeq numberAvailable sequenceOther isolatesOther isolate accession numbersVirus abbreviationIsolate abbreviation
Rabovirus Arabovirus ABerlin/Jan2011/0572KP233897NC_026314Partial genomeRaBoV-A
Rabovirus Brabovirus B1RtMp-PicoV/YN2014KY432926Complete genomeRaBoV-B1
Rabovirus Crabovirus C1HT5KY855432Complete genomeRaBoV-C1
Rabovirus Drabovirus D1MPV/NYC/2014/M005/0074MF175072Complete genomeRaBoV-D1

Virus names, the choice of exemplar isolates, and virus abbreviations, are not official ICTV designations.

Derivation of names

Rabo: from rat-borne