Experts warn of deadly ‘Disease X’, as it may soon exist as a worldwide epidemic. Along with the diseases – Ebola, SARS Zika and the disease is now added by the World Health Organization in the list of maladies including nine lethal diseases.
WHO’s malady list has been restricted in previous years to notorious killers like Lassa fever that is sweeping currently in Nigeria, and also Ebola that has killed over 11,000 people as spreading an epidemic from 2013 to 2016 in West Africa.
The health organization is trying to acknowledge that such types of deadly contagious diseases are uncertain and unforeseeable. While explaining their research, the organization stated that, “Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown.”
However, Disease X is not recognized as a new killer pathogen. It is also referred as ‘known unknown’, which can be produced by the biological mutation like already existing deadly outbreaks such as HIV or Spanish Flu. Even fatal, Disease X could be promoted by just an accident or a terror attack.
WHO added that, “These diseases pose major public health risks, and further research and development is needed, including surveillance and diagnostics. Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease.”
Chief executive at the Research Council of Norway, John-Arne Rottingen who is a scientific adviser for the WHO committee said in a statement that, “History tells us that it is likely the next big outbreak will be something we have not seen before. It may seem strange to be adding an ‘X’ but the point is to Fmake sure we prepare and plan flexibly in terms of vaccines and diagnostic tests.”