Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

WHO Warns of Mysterious and Deadly New Epidemic Disease X

WHO Warns of Mysterious and Deadly New Epidemic Disease X

Despite its name, disease X is not spread around by one group of highly-gifted mutant children in both comic and film.

The intention behind including the disease in the Blueprint list is not to scare people.

Another disease named by the scientists as disease X gets added to the list of the epidemic infections that spread around the world.

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These diseases have killed and will continue to kill millions of people due to their resistance to many drugs and the lack of effective treatments available to counter them. The experts at World Health Organization (WHO) have recently warned about newfound pathogens that may have the ability to trigger a worldwide epidemic.

Disease X is only different because it hasn't emerged or been identified yet.

Indeed, the lack of access to even the most basic health coverage is among the factors that could allow Disease X to morph from a mysterious possibility into a terrible - and deadly - reality. The decision is rooted in the belief that humanity has learned a thing or two from its past experiences with global pandemics, and that it's crucial to anticipate what could be and prepare accordingly.

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But what has many observers concerned most is the list's inclusion, for the first time ever, of Disease X, which, according to the World Health Organization, "represents the knowledge that a serious worldwide epidemic could be caused by a pathogen now unknown to cause human disease". Others on the list include Ebola, Zika and Lassa fever.

"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".

Speaking to The Telegraph, scientific adviser to the World Health Organization and chief executive of the Research Council of Norway, John-Arne Rottingen, said that the next big outbreak is likely to be something not seen before. Rottingen also emphasised the need to develop "systems that will allow us to create countermeasures at speed". "As the ecosystem and human habitats change, there is always a risk that a disease will jump from animal to human", says the researcher.

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"It is vital that we are aware and prepare", said Mr Rottingen. This has also brought us in closer contact and closer contact with more species of animals than ever before, exponentially increasing the likelihood of zoonoses. But its imminent and allegedly unavoidable threat has earned it a place on WHO's "most dangerous" list: a catalog of potential future epidemics against which we are unprepared. It's probably the biggest risk.

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