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Scientists Warn of Danger of Pandemic Caused by Mysterious New Disease

12 March 2018

The WHO has added this new illness dubbed as "Disease X" to the list of potential epidemics that could devastate the world with a wide outbreak.

A number of additional diseases were discussed and considered for inclusion in the priority list, including: Arenaviral hemorrhagic fevers other than Lassa Fever; Chikungunya; highly pathogenic coronaviral diseases other than MERS and SARS; emergent non-polio enteroviruses (including EV71, D68); Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS); Monkeypox and Leptospirosis.

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.

Mr Rottingen said Disease X would most likely be sparked by a "zoonotic disease" jumps from animals to humans and then becomes an epidemic, which happened with H1N1 swine flu in 2009.

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WHO added that, "These diseases pose major public health risks, and further research and development is needed, including surveillance and diagnostics". "They ought to be observed painstakingly and thought about again at the next yearly survey".

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.

The best way of thinking about it is that "Disease X" is a placeholder for a contagious hazard we haven't encountered yet, but which is virtually certain.

The R&D Blueprint explicitly seeks to enable R&D preparedness that is relevant for an unknown "Disease X".

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World Health Organization committee scientific adviser John-Arne Rottingen believes the next major outbreak of disease will be something humanity has not seen before.

"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", Rottingen told the newspaper.

"It's a natural process and it is vital that we are aware and prepare". Others on the list include Ebola, Zika and Lassa fever. 'Not just the predictable diseases, ' said the World Health Organization during the second annual review on February 7, 2018. This is why is it more probable that new diseases will rise, yet, current travel and trade influence it substantially, so it means that they are even more likely to spread.

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Scientists Warn of Danger of Pandemic Caused by Mysterious New Disease