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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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  • 1 Arthropod-Borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory
 Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
 College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
 Colorado State University
 Fort Collins, CO 80523
 E-mail: calisher@promedmail.org
  • | 2 National Center for Infectious Diseases
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 Mailstop C-12
 1600 Clifton Road
 Atlanta, GA 30333
 E-mail: bxm1@cdc.gov
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Dear Sir:

Mark Eberhard’s comments are greatly appreciated as they underline the general problem of acceptance of viral taxonomy and emphasize the reasons we published our remarks in the first place.1 The title of our Editorial was “Taxonomy: get it right or leave it alone.” We did not intend that title to indicate, as Dr. Eberhard suggested, that the virological community as a whole should “get it right,” but only that individual virologists should “get it right.”

Dr. Eberhard suggested that we were proposing a taxonomic scheme, but we were not. What we were trying to do is

Dear Sir:

Mark Eberhard’s comments are greatly appreciated as they underline the general problem of acceptance of viral taxonomy and emphasize the reasons we published our remarks in the first place.1 The title of our Editorial was “Taxonomy: get it right or leave it alone.” We did not intend that title to indicate, as Dr. Eberhard suggested, that the virological community as a whole should “get it right,” but only that individual virologists should “get it right.”

Dr. Eberhard suggested that we were proposing a taxonomic scheme, but we were not. What we were trying to do is

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