Scientists put on alert for deadly new pathogen - 'Disease X'

Scientists put on alert for deadly new pathogen - 'Disease X'

Scientists put on alert for deadly new pathogen - 'Disease X'

Scientists warn that an unknown "Disease X" poses a major health risk and could cause a "serious global epidemic" in the future.

By including this curious illness on its "List of Blueprint priority diseases" alongside eight known illnesses, like MERS and the Marburg Virus, so can we really say that these diseases are unpredictable?

Despite not being identified as a specific disease, the pathogen has been classed as extremely risky. Or, on the other hand, it may be brought forth by a terror attack, or just by a simple accident.

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"Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious global epidemic could be caused by a pathogen now unknown to cause human disease", World Health Organization said on its website.

The Blueprint list is maintained for the goal of research and development where World Health Organization has developed a special tool to determine which diseases require immediate attention on research and development.

The power of animal and human contact has ended up to be significantly more prominent as the world develops. "This makes it more likely new diseases will emerge, but also modern travel and trade make it much more likely they will spread".

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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". Look at Zika's frenzy through South America and the Caribbean in 2015 and 2016. The diseases on the WHO list pose a public health risk because of "their epidemic potential" as well as the "insufficient" countermeasures, according to the WHO.

During the recent meeting which was held in Geneva, the World Health Organization added Disease X into their Blueprint Disease list as the 9 decease that may cause a worldwide outbreak. It should be noted that several chemical weapons have been dropped on civilians during the civil wars.

An unknown nerve agent, for instance, was reportedly used in an assassination attempt last week on a Russian man who spied for the British and his daughter.

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Man-made viruses and bacteria would be harder for the human body to fend off because there is no natural immunity.

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