Rudolph the Rhinovirus

Rudolph the Rhinovirus

You know Polio, and Rubella, and
Ebola, and Rabies,
Mumps, and Mono, and
Dengue and Herpes

But do you recall
The most famous virus of all


Rudolph, the Rhinovirus
had a very sticky shell
and if you ever saw it
you would even say it’s swell.


All of the other microbes
used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
join in the invasion games.

Then one foggy Christmas eve
Santa came to say:
“Rudolph with your binding might,
won’t you spread disease tonight?”


Then all the microbes loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the Rhinovirus,

You’ll go down in history!


Images adapted following sources:
Arnold, E. and Rossman, M.G. (1988). Acta Crystallogr.,Sect.A 44: 270-282. PBD accession code: 4RHV (

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