World health experts warn against 'Disease x'

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The organization further says, though no individual has been identified as affected by Disease X, man-made deceases are hard to be controlled hence the public should be prepared for worse.

It added that special populations such as refugees, internally displaced populations, and victims of disasters, constitute potential victims of the listed diseases.

"Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious worldwide epidemic could be caused by a pathogen now unknown to cause human disease".

The illness - now given the name Disease X - has the potential to spread quickly, and any cures or countermeasures are now severely lacking.

The World Health Organisation has added a new threat to its list of deadly viruses. It also highlights diseases where there are now no cures of effective preventative measures.

At first, including an unidentified disease with the potential to wreak havoc on humanity feels kind of alarmist - but it isn't meant to create panic.

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In previous years, the listing was made up of viruses that had seen outbreaks in recent years, such as Ebola, Zika, Lassa fever, or Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Not a great deal is known about the disease yet, although World Health Organization warns that Disease X needed to be included on the list because of its unpredictable nature.

Disease X can be zoonotic or Zoonoses, diseases which wild and domesticated animals had and can be transmitted to humans. "Just the way we didn't anticipate Zika, we didn't think there would be an Ebola that would hit cities".

Chief executive at the Research Council of Norway, John-Arne Rottingen who is a scientific adviser for the World Health Organization 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". However, he stressed that this was to "make sure we prepare and plan flexibility in terms of vaccines and diagnostic tests".

Disease X "presents the knowledge" that a serious worldwide epidemic could be caused "by a pathogen now unknown to cause human disease", an excerpt of the review said.

The power of animal and human contact has ended up to be significantly more prominent as the world develops. But its imminent and allegedly unavoidable threat has earned it a place on WHO's "most dangerous" list: a catalog of potential future epidemics against which we are unprepared. In fact, as far as viruses are concerned, that evolution is very much a natural process - one that we need to be aware of and prepare for. "It is probably the greatest risk", said Mr Rottingen.

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