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Any of a group of viruses responsible for rabies and vesicular stomatitis (an acute disease of cattle and horses, characterized by blisters in and about the mouth, that resembles foot-and-mouth disease). The bullet-shaped virus particle is encased in a fatty membrane and contains RNA.
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