Epidemiological characteristics of human-infective RNA viruses

Mark E J Woolhouse, Liam Brierley

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RNA viruses are a major threat to human health. Here, based on extensive literature searches carried out over a period of 18 years, we provide a catalogue of all 214 known human-infective RNA virus species. We link these viruses to metadata for a number of traits that influence their epidemiology, including the date of the first report of human infection, transmissibility in human populations, transmission route(s) and host range. This database can be used in comparative studies of human-infective RNA viruses to identify the characteristics of viruses most likely to pose the greatest public health threat, both now and in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180017
JournalScientific Data
Early online date20 Feb 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Feb 2018

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