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Volume 17, Number 8—August 2011


Etymologia: Rotavirus
Rotavirus [ro′tə-vi′′rəs]

Nancy MännikköComments to Author 
Author affiliation: Author affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA

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From the Latin rota, wheel, plus virus. After viewing the virus through an electron microscope in 1974, Flewett et al. suggested the name rotavirus on the basis of the pathogen’s shape. The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses approved the name 4 years later.

Sources: Dorland’s illustrated medical dictionary. 31st edition. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2007; Flewett TH, Bryden AS, Davies H, Woode GN, Bridger JC, Derrick JM. Relation between viruses from acute gastroenteritis of children and newborn calves. Lancet. 1974;304:61–3.PubMed ; Matthews RE. Third report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. Classification and nomenclature of viruses. Intervirology. 1979;12:129–296.PubMed

Suggested citation for this article: Männikkö N. Etymologia: Rotavirus. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2011 Aug [date cited]. http://dx.doi/org/10.3201/eid1708.ET1708

DOI: 10.3201/eid1708.ET1708

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