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Phlebovirus, Phlebovirus...[edit]

What are we going to do with this genus? Starting with the genus article, the taxobox has dozens of viruses listed. The "serogroups" section has all of these - and many more which may or may not exist - split into serocomplexes, presumably identifying each of the named viruses as a serotype of different species. When looking at the ICTV's taxonomy, Phlebovirus officially has nine species, not ten or 40+ (Bhanja virus may be a novel 10th member[1]). On WP though, some of the serotypes have their own articles, while most species don't. Toscana virus is a subspecies of the Sandfly fever Naples virus species, but Sandfly fever Naples virus has no article. This is one of the messier virus genera on WP, so it would be nice to have some clean up, but how should we deal with it?

I've thought of the creation of the nine species articles, with all of the serotypes/subtypes redirecting to the species article. So "Toscana virus", as well as "Karimabad virus" and "Tehran virus",[2] would redirect to "Sandfly fever Naples virus". This would greatly reduce the number of red links and make the Phlebovirus genus article and its species derivatives neater. Thoughts? ComfyKem (talk) 05:43, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

I'd be interested in building up Phlebovirus by writing articles from the red links. I'd hold off redirects until things are better sorted. By that I mean, as the taxonomy of these species are still not clear yet, the serotypes can be unclassified for now. Malke 2010 (talk) 00:47, 15 February 2014 (UTC)
I think some degree of a standard does exist in this classification, just that the words serocomplex and species are being used as synonyms here. My primary reservations with creating an article for every single red link in this genus is that for most of them, there simply aren't enough sources to get the articles above a stub, and some of these serotypes are confirmed by the ICTV as belonging to a species. "Arbia virus" was merged into "Salehabad virus" in 1999.[3] And Adria virus, which I have created, and "Arumowot virus" and "Odrenisrou virus" have recently been proposed to also belong to Salehabad.[4] So wouldn't it be more organized to have a species article with general information on virology, and sections dedicated to each serotype (with redirects to the sections), unless that serotype is exceptionally notable? In that case, like for Toscana virus, it could have its own article. We would have 10-15 starts instead of 40-50 stubs for this genus. ComfyKem (talk) 05:15, 15 February 2014 (UTC)
ComfyKem Yes, it would be. Make the articles based on the serocomplexes and back it up with RS that shows there have been proposals in the literature to incorporate the unclassified species into the particular complex. Like the Arbia, Adria, Arumowot and Odrenisrou, for instance, are unclassified and its been proposed that they be moved into the Salehabad species complex. You have that RS already. You could start that article. Malke 2010 (talk) 19:26, 15 February 2014 (UTC)
Hi, I'm not a taxonomist by any means, but with my research I have been looking a fair bit at viral taxonomy, and the Wikipedia pages on Viruses seem a bit of a mess in general (Phleboviruses being a good example of this, for the reasons outlined above). Is there a reason why the ICTV isn't used more widespread? It seems bizarre to have a consistent internationally recognised classification for these things, and then to ignore them (to a certain extent?) Daemon24 (talk) 19:50, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
We try to stick to the ICTV's guidelines, but some things happen. Many newer editors who are not familiar with the ICTV's role - or even its existence - in viral taxonomy may not be aware of the "rules" and end up botching taxoboxes et al. There is also the problem that many virus articles get left alone for long periods of time, so recent changes in taxonomy may not reach all virus articles (an argument to substantially reduce the number of virus stubs). There are other things that Malke mentions below, but practically all of the most important virus articles follow the standard, so it's mainly smaller, less viewed, and less important articles which mess the rules up. In these cases, you're welcome to clean up articles if necessary. ComfyKem (talk) 04:58, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. Just wanted to make sure that if I did make any changes based on the ICTV breakdown, I wasn't wasting my time working against someone else's ideas! In fact the taxonomy of the Phleboviruses seems to be based upon the 7th/8th reports of the ICTV (where all the 50+ genus listed were actually correct). I'll start making some changes, using Phlebovirus as a starting point; if someonecould keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't go horribly wrong, that would be greatly appreciated! Daemon24 (talk) 11:55, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

Viruses talk:Flavivirus[edit]

There appear to be conflicting statements below:

"Most of these viruses are transmitted by the bite from an infected arthropod (mosquito or tick) and hence, classified as arboviruses. " seems to conflict with the later statement: "The known non-arboviruses of the flavivirus family either reproduce in arthropods or vertebrates, but not both."

If it's a non-arbovirus how would it reproduce in an arthropod?

1medhead (talk) 22:16, 5 April 2014 (UTC)1medhead

Although it is not a formal term in virus classification, an arbovirus is one that is transmitted to humans via arthropods not just a virus that reproduces in arthropods. There is no contradiction. Graham Colm (talk) 10:54, 6 April 2014 (UTC)


Recent events at the page Super-spreader has received some additional attention from off-wikipedia discussion of the page in this blog post, which was linked by the popular site hacker news. As I mentioned on the talk page, it is likely useful to have some subject matter editors on hand there to serve as neutral parties, as it is likely that many people were drawn to the page as a result of specific criticisms leveled at an editor there. (talk) 16:29, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Canine parvovirus[edit]

Canine parvovirus is up for GAR at Talk:Canine parvovirus/GA2. Jamesx12345 16:52, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Pageview stats[edit]

After a recent request, I added WikiProject Viruses to the list of projects to compile monthly pageview stats for. The data is the same used by but the program is different, and includes the aggregate views from all redirects to each page. The stats are at Wikipedia:WikiProject Viruses/Popular pages.

The page will be updated monthly with new data. The edits aren't marked as bot edits, so they will show up in watchlists. You can view more results, request a new project be added to the list, or request a configuration change for this project using the Tool Labs tool. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know. Thanks! Mr.Z-man 17:59, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Ebola virus outbreak RfC[edit]

Please take the time to comment on the 2014 West African Ebola virus outbreak RfC here. SW3 5DL (talk) 12:32, 10 September 2014 (UTC)