ICTV virus taxonomy profile: Peribunyaviridae

Holly R. Hughes, Scott Adkins, Sergey Alkhovskiy, Martin Beer, Carol Blair, Charles H. Calisher, Mike Drebot, Amy J. Lambert, William Marciel De Souza, Marco Marklewitz, Márcio R.T. Nunes, Xiǎohóng Shí

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Peribunyaviruses are enveloped and possess three distinct, single-stranded, negative-sense RNA segments comprising 11.2–12.5 kb in total. The family includes globally distributed viruses in the genera Orthobunyavirus, Herbevirus, Pacuvirus and Shangavirus. Most viruses are maintained in geographically-restricted vertebrate–arthropod transmission cycles that can include transovarial transmission from arthropod dam to offspring. Others are arthropod-specific. Arthropods can be persistently infected. Human infection occurs through blood feeding by an infected vector arthropod. Infections can result in a diversity of human and veterinary clinical outcomes in a strain-specific manner. Segment reassortment is evident between some peribunyaviruses. This is a summary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Report on the taxonomy of the family Peribunyaviridae, which is available at ictv.global/report/peribunyaviridae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1365
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of General Virology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Bunyavirus
  • Herbevirus
  • ICTV Report
  • Orthobunyavirus
  • Pacuvirus
  • Peribunyaviridae
  • Shangavirus
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology


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