Catalogue of Arthropod-Borne Viruses of the World

compiled by Richard M. Taylor for the Subcommittee on Information Exchange of the American Committee on Arthropod-borne Viruses. ix + 898 pages. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1968. $5.25

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  • Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06510

The arbovirus Catalogue presents invaluable biological data on 204 animal viruses. Information, voluntarily contributed by an international group of virologists and epidemiologists, includes source and manner of isolation; physical, chemical, and antigenic characteristics; natural and experimental host range; pathogenesis; geographic distribution; and the frequency and symptomatology of human infection. This is the first published description of several of the viruses.

The published Catalogue is a facsimile as of February 1967 of a working Catalogue established by the American Committee on Arthropod-borne Viruses and available since 1962 to a limited group of scientists through support of the Rockefeller Foundation and later of the National Institutes of Health.

A synopsis of information prepared by R. M. Taylor with 36 tables summarizes the 204 virus registrations for those who are interested in an over-all statistical view of arbovirology.

The registrations of each virus have been printed as submitted by the contributing scientists and compiled with minimum editing.