Arch Virol (2002) 147: 2465–2471
Improved clarity of meaning from the use of both formal
species names and common (vernacular) virus names
in virological literature
M. A. Drebot
, E. Henchal
, B. Hjelle
, J. W. LeDuc
, P. M. Repik
J. T. Roehrig
, C. S. Schmaljohn
, R. E. Shope
and C. H. Calisher
Viral Zoonoses, Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens, National Microbiology Laboratory,
Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health,
Population and Public Health Branch, Winnipeg, Canada
Department of Molecular Virology, Virology Division USAMRIID,
Ft. Detrick, Frederick, Maryland, U.S.A.
Infectious Diseases and Inﬂammation Program, Departments of Pathology,
Biology, and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of New Mexico
School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Virology Branch, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases,
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A.
Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.A.
Center for Tropical Diseases, Department of Pathology,
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, U.S.A.
Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory,
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology,
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences,
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.A.
Received September 20, 2002; accepted October 21, 2002
Published online December, 2002
During the past 40 years, the Subcommittee on InterRelationshipsAmong CataloguedArboviruses
(SIRACA), a subdivision of the American Committee on Arthropod-borne Viruses, has attempted
to serve the community of arbovirologists and the general community of virologists in regards
to the classiﬁcation and importance of arboviruses and other viruses. At ﬁrst, SIRACA evaluated
only antigenic (serologic) relationships among arboviruses. During the past two decades we have
American Committee on Arthropod-borne Viruses, Subcommittee on InterRelationships Among