World health experts warn against 'Disease x'

World health experts warn against 'Disease x'

Along with the diseases - Ebola, SARS Zika and the disease is now added by the World Health Organization in the list of maladies including nine lethal diseases.

The Ebola virus was listed as a priority by the World Health Organization.

The disease could come to fruition various routes, including because of biological fighting or as the aftereffect of the sudden spread of a virus like the "Spanish influenza" which influenced extensive parts of the world and is thought to have executed no less than 40 million individuals in 1918-1919.

And the creation past year in Canada of horsepox - a close relative of the deadly smallpox virus - has heightened fears that Disease X could come out of a renegade laboratory.

For the purposes of the R&D Blueprint, the WHO developed a special tool for determining which diseases and pathogens to prioritize for research and development in public health emergency contexts. "They ought to be observed painstakingly and thought about again at the next yearly survey".

Code-named "Disease X", this mystery pathogen hasn't even been discovered yet, but the looming threat of its nearly certain inevitability has secured it a place on the WHO's "most dangerous" list: a catalogue of potential future epidemics for which countermeasures are insufficient - or don't exist at all.

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.

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

According to experts, Disease X, in all probabilities will be man-made. "It is vital that we are aware and prepare".

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. However, it also warned that these pathogens still pose a serious risk to public health, and should be "watched carefully". "It is probably the greatest risk", said Mr Rottingen. 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.