World set for new disease worse than Ebola and SARS

WHO discovers new killer pathogen is 'Disease X' 1032018

DISEASE X warning: Deadly pathogen added to mass killer list with GLOBAL pandemic feared

"There is a need to assess the value, where possible, of developing countermeasures for multiple diseases or for families of pathogens", it said.

It's a contagion so deadly and mysterious, we know nothing about it - except that it could be the next global epidemic, according to experts at the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Ultimately, the WHO said that each of the eight diseases in its priority list pose "major public health risks", and require further research and development efforts, "including surveillance and diagnostics..."

By including "Disease X" on its "List of R&D Blueprint priority diseases", the World Health Organization acknowledges that infectious diseases are unpredictable.

The disease joined a rundown that incorporates the Ebola virus, Respiratory Syndrome (SARS, ) Zika virus and Rift Valley fever (RVF), after a yearly survey by WHO.

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"Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious worldwide epidemic could be caused by a pathogen now unknown to cause human disease, and so the R&D Blueprint explicitly seeks to enable cross-cutting R&D preparedness that is also relevant for an unknown "Disease X" as far as possible", said World Health Organization in a statement.

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 to Fmake sure we prepare and plan flexibly in terms of vaccines and diagnostic tests".

Experts warn of deadly "Disease X", as it may soon exist as a worldwide epidemic. Ebola, salmonella, and HIV are believed to be zoonoses. "It is vital that we are aware and prepare. It is probably the greatest risk", Mr. Rotingen adds. Last week's events showed just how far the reticence of governmental or private actors on using chemical and bio-weapons has decayed, further fanning concerns that Disease X might come from a human laboratory.

This is important, because it is primary care systems - local doctors and nurses - that provide the best bet of detecting the outbreak of a new disease early and containing it before it spreads.

The WHO says it omitted several groups of diseases, such as hemorrhagic fevers and emergent non-polio enteroviruses from its priority list. "They should be watched carefully and considered again at the next annual review".

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