What is Disease X? World Health Organization experts warn of the next pandemic

What is Disease X? World Health Organization experts warn of the next pandemic

What is Disease X? World Health Organization experts warn of the next pandemic

While Dr. Rottingen believes that Disease X, when it arrives, will likely be a naturally-occurring, "zoonotic disease" - i.e. one the jumps from animals to humans and caused by changes in the ecosystem and growing human-animal contact, deadly germ warfare can not be ruled out, either.

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

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. Referred to as "disease X", this mysterious pathogen has not even been discovered yet.

THE World Health Organisation keeps a list of risky diseases which pose a serious threat of outbreak. Experts believe that this unknown pathogen may go unnoticed until it is too late when it has already spread to all nooks of the globe, taking the world by surprise.

The disease joined a rundown that incorporates the Ebola virus, Respiratory Syndrome (SARS, ) Zika virus and Rift Valley fever (RVF), after a yearly survey by WHO.

World Health Organization warned that a number of other potentially-deadly diseases that didn't make the list should still be considered a high priority. It's an alleged "known unknown" that could be made by biological mutation, for example, past deadly epidemics, like Spanish Flu or the HIV.

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Experts in World Health Organization has identified "Disease X" as a global threat capable of killing millions in times of an outbreak.

"History tells us that it is likely the next big outbreak will be something we have not seen before", said John-Arne Rottingen, chief executive of the Research Council of Norway and a scientific adviser to the World Health Organization committee. However, he stressed that this was to "make sure we prepare and plan flexibility in terms of vaccines and diagnostic tests". Rottingen also emphasised the need to develop "systems that will allow us to create countermeasures at speed".

"It is vital that we are aware and prepare", said Mr Rottingen.

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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. However, it also warned that these pathogens still pose a serious risk to public health, and should be "watched carefully".

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