Catalogue of Arthropod-Borne and Selected Vertebrate Viruses of the World

The Subcommittee on Information Exchange of The American Committee on Arthropod-Borne Viruses

Introduction.

In the 26th Charles Franklin Craig lecture delivered before the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1961, Dr. R. M. Taylor reviewed the need to bring together the available information concerning arthropod-borne viruses, and to disseminate this knowledge to arbovirologists of the world. Dr. Taylor described the development of the Catalogue of Arthropod-Borne Viruses, which he edited, together with the associated abstract service, and the Information Exchange Newsletter, then and now edited by Dr. T. H. Work, as vehicles for the collection and exchange of information. The Catalogue served as a medium for the characterization of newly discovered viruses presumed to be hitherto undescribed arthropod-borne viruses of vertebrates, and also included previously known arboviruses for completeness and comparative purposes.

The number of viruses registered in the restricted working Catalogue increased from 43 in the initial issue in 1960 to 110 following the first revision in 1962, and 161 in the second revision in 1965.

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