A proposal to change existing virus species names to non-Latinized binomials

Marc H V van Regenmortel, Donald S. Burke, Charles H. Calisher, Ralf G. Dietzgen, Claude M. Fauquet, Said A. Ghabrial, Peter B. Jahrling, Karl M. Johnson, Michael R. Holbrook, Marian C. Horzinek, Günther M. Keil, Jens H. Kuhn, Brian W J Mahy, Giovanni P. Martelli, Craig Pringle, Edward P. Rybicki, Tim Skern, Robert B. Tesh, Victoria Wahl-Jensen, Peter J. WalkerScott Weaver

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A proposal has been posted on the ICTV website (2011. 001aG. N. v1. binomial_sp_names) to replace virus species names by non-Latinized binomial names consisting of the current italicized species name with the terminal word "virus" replaced by the italicized and non-capitalized genus name to which the species belongs. If implemented, the current italicized species name Measles virus, for instance, would become Measles morbillivirus while the current virus name measles virus and its abbreviation MeV would remain unchanged. The rationale for the proposed change is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1909-1919
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Virology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2010


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van Regenmortel, M. H. V., Burke, D. S., Calisher, C. H., Dietzgen, R. G., Fauquet, C. M., Ghabrial, S. A., Jahrling, P. B., Johnson, K. M., Holbrook, M. R., Horzinek, M. C., Keil, G. M., Kuhn, J. H., Mahy, B. W. J., Martelli, G. P., Pringle, C., Rybicki, E. P., Skern, T., Tesh, R. B., Wahl-Jensen, V., ... Weaver, S. (2010). A proposal to change existing virus species names to non-Latinized binomials. Archives of Virology, 155(11), 1909-1919. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00705-010-0831-9