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Ebola, zika and SARS get a new friend: Disease X - a new potential pandemic
As if the above mentioned diseases weren't enough for us to face, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has added a yet to exist new virus to its famous list of 9 diseases that have the potential of causing the next global pandemic.

Dubbed as "Disease X", and also referred to as the "known unknown," is not a newly identified killer pathogen. This pathogen could be created by biological mutation like the previous deadly epidemics, viz. Spanish flu or HIV. It can also spread by a simple accident or, much worse, by a terror attack.

The World Health Organisation, in a statement, said, "Disease X represents the knowledge that a serous international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown."

The WHO advisor, Marion Koopmans stated, "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."

The basic aim of the WHO in including this enigmatic killer on in its list of blueprint priority diseases was to acknowledge the fact that infectious diseases are unpredictable. The list has other better known diseases included in it, viz. MERS and Marburg virus.

Although the idea of this disease X does sound scary but the WHO stated that the actual intent behind including Disease X was not to scare people , but to spread the awareness among the public health officials so that they make sure that they are prepared for all threats, not just the ones that are predictable.

It is a well known fact that when most diseases spread, they don't spread with a fair warning, which can be clearly seen from the absolute mayhem that the zika virus caused through South America and the Caribbean in 2015-16.

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