A deadly new disease has been added to the list of potential global epidemics and scientists are naming it ‘Disease x’.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) creates a list of the most likely diseases to break out into a worldwide pandemic every year. Disease X has made the list this year abroad Ebola, SARS, and Zika viruses, Scientist warned the unknown disease could potentially kill millions. They haven’t known well about this disease and what causes this disease and how to treat the disease. Researchers said that they added Disease X to the threat list to recognize the fact that the next deadly pandemic could be started by an illness that has not caused any problems before.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Disease X “represent the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease.”
Norwegian scientist and WHO adviser John-Arne Rottingen said that it was likely the next outbreak would be “something we have not seen before”.
It may seem strange to be adding an ‘X’ but the point is to make sure Scientists and Doctor has prepared and plan flexibly in terms of vaccines and diagnostic tests. Disease X could even be man-made, rather than a fluke of nature. There are growing fears that the use and development of chemical and biological weapons are on the rise. Synthetic biology allows for the creation of deadly new viruses. It is also the case that where you have a new disease there is no resistance in the population and that means it can spread fast. But it was just as possible that Disease X could spring up from the natural world, just deadly epidemics such as Spanish Flu or HIV.
According to the WHO adviser Professor Mario Koopmans, “As the world develops the contact of animal and human is becoming much greater. This makes it more likely new disease will emerge.”
The WHO hopes that formally adding a future Disease X to the list will push countries and researchers to redouble their efforts to create protections against unknown epidemics. The WHO warned that the next global flu epidemic could begin “tomorrow” and kill as many as 33 million people in just 200 days.