chapter  2
How to Write the Names of Virus Species
ByMarc H.V. Van Regenmortel
Pages 4

In formal virus taxonomy, the names of orders, families, subfamilies, and genera are always printed in italics and the first letters of the names are capitalized. At its meeting in San Diego in Mareh 1998, the Executive Committee of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) decided to extend this practice to the names of spccics taxa to clearly indicate that the species name had been approved as ihe official, internationally recognized name (Pringle, 1998).