Mysterious 'Disease X' Could Be The Next Deadly Global Epidemic, WHO Warns

Mysterious 'Disease X' Could Be The Next Deadly Global Epidemic, WHO Warns

Termed as "The known unknown", Disease X is the next potential epidemic threat to the humankind, the World Health Organization warns the world.

The World Health Organization has added a mysterious disease to its already deadly roster of maladies like Ebola, Zika and SARS.

Mr Rottingen explained Disease X could spark an epidemic if it was passed from animals to humans like HIV, which jumped from chimpanzees to humans claiming the lives of 35million people since the 1980s. "These diseases pose major public health risks, and further research and development is needed, including surveillance and diagnostics", said the WHO in a statement.

"Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious global epidemic could be caused by a pathogen now unknown", the organization said.it also added that "Disease X" may cause a worldwide epidemic.

Code-named "Disease X", this mystery pathogen hasn't even been discovered yet, but the looming threat of its nearly certain inevitability has secured it a place on the WHO's "most dangerous" list: a catalogue of potential future epidemics for which countermeasures are insufficient - or don't exist at all.

According to experts, Disease X, in all probabilities will be man-made.

The World Health Organisation has issued a warning for ‘Disease X
The World Health Organisation has issued a warning for ‘Disease X

The WHO said: 'Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious worldwide epidemic could be caused by a pathogen now unknown'.

"It may seem odd to be adding an "X" but the point is make sure we prepare and plan flexibly in terms of vaccines and diagnostic tests".

He said animal-human illnesses were called "zoonotic diseases" and become an epidemic when they happen and added: "It is vital that we are aware and prepare". Last week's events showed just how far the reticence of governmental or private actors on using chemical and bio-weapons has decayed, further fanning concerns that Disease X might come from a human laboratory.

"It is probably the greatest risk".

For numerous other diseases discussed, including Zika, Rift Valley fever (RVF) and Nipah and henipaviral diseases, the organisation suggested that health experts need to focus on better diagnostics.

As well as the priority list, WHO listed dengue, yellow fever and HIV/AIDS, as being outside the current scope of the list while still continuing to pose major public health issues.

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