The World Health Organization (WHO) convened a Scientific Group to adapt its program in virus diseases to recent progress in virology. The program consists of (a) general activities, such as reference services and the supplying of reagents by the WHO Collaborating Centres and (b) specific activities to solve problems – including the promotion of necessary research – caused by certain diseases of public health importance. The Group reviewed problems caused by influenza and other respiratory viruses, enteroviruses, gastroenteritis viruses (for which types A and B have been proposed as a convenient nomenclature), viral hepatitis, viruses in water and sewage, arboviruses, arenaviruses and Marburg virus, measles and rubella vaccination, smallpox, rabies, chronic infections, herpesviruses, oncogenic viruses, congenital infections, nosocomial infections, chlamydial and rickettsial infections, and mycoplasma infections.

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