ICTV virus taxonomy profile: Togaviridae

Rubing Chen, Suchetana Mukhopadhyay, Andres Merits, Bethany Bolling, Farooq Nasar, Lark L. Coffey, Ann Powers, Scott C. Weaver, Elliot J. Lefkowitz, Andrew J. Davison, Stuart G. Siddell, Peter Simmonds, Sead Sabanad-Zovic, Donald B. Smith, Richard J. Orton, Nick J. Knowles

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The Togaviridae is a family of small, enveloped viruses with single-stranded, positive-sense RNA genomes of 10-12 kb. Within the family, the genus Alphavirus includes a large number of diverse species, while the genus Rubivirus includes the single species Rubella virus. Most alphaviruses are mosquito-borne and are pathogenic in their vertebrate hosts. Many are important human and veterinary pathogens (e.g. chikungunya virus and eastern equine encephalitis virus). Rubella virus is transmitted by respiratory routes among humans. This is a summary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Report on the taxonomy of the Togaviridae, which is available at www.ictv.global/report/togaviridae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number001072
Pages (from-to)761-762
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of General Virology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Chikungunya virus
  • Eastern equine encephalitis virus
  • ICTV Report
  • Rubella virus
  • Togaviridae: taxonomy

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  • Virology


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