“Disease X” may cause a worldwide epidemic. The World Health Organization has added the mystery killer yet-to-exist to its list of nine diseases that could cause a worldwide epidemic.
“Disease X” is the code name for an unknown pathogen that could be created by biological mutation, such as previous deadly epidemics such as Spanish Flu or HIV, the organization said.
“Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown,” the organization said. it also added that “Disease X” may cause a worldwide epidemic.
The disease has joined “List of Blueprint priority diseases,” of WHO which includes the Ebola virus, Respiratory Syndrome (SARS,) Zika virus and Rift Valley fever (RVF) after an annual review carried out from Feb. 6-7 when there was an “urgent need” for accelerated research and development for the maladies. WHO released the list of diseases in December 2015.
The goal of adding Disease X is not to scare people, but to ensure that the global health officials build the resilience and are prepared for all threads, not just the predictable ones.
One of the sources of Disease X could be the deliberate utilization of mystery killer disease as a weapon. The US and USSR have experimented biological weapons during the Cold War.
WHO adviser Marion Koopmans said, “The intensity of animal and human contact is becoming much greater 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.”