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An unknown and deadly new illness dubbed Disease X has been added to the list of potential global epidemics that could potentially kills millions. Each year scientists with the World Health Organisation (WHO) create a list of the most likely diseases to break out into a worldwide pandemic. This year, among the familiar Ebola, SARS, and Zika viruses is the new name of Disease X. And unlike the other pathogens, it is not known what causes Disease X or how doctors could try to treat it. Researchers said that they added Disease X to the threat list to recognise the fact that the next deadly pandemic could be started by an illness that has not caused any problems before.
"Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease." Norwegian scientist and WHO adviser John-Arne Rottingen said that it was likely the next outbreak would be "something we have not seen before".
Disease X could even be man-made, rather than a fluke of nature. There are growing fears that the use and development of chemical and biological weapons are on the rise. In Syria's bloody civil war chemical bombs have been dropped on civilians on numerous occasions. And closer to home, the police have confirmed that a nerve agent, probably created in a lab by state-sponsored scientists as a targeted weapon, was used to attack the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury this week. Last year North Korea is believed to have used the nerve agent VX to assassinate the half-brother of dictator Kim Jong-Un in an airport in a Malaysian airport. Mr Rottingen said that the man-made viruses and diseases were especially dangerous because humans have not built up any resistance over time to them, leaving them free to sweep across the globe before governments and doctors can catch up.
originally posted by: DictionaryOfExcuses
I don't think this means that everything I know is a lie.
Just when you think things couldn't get any worse.
Everything you know is a lie
originally posted by: drewlander
a reply to: boozo
Oh wow! Doom porn in the media, what a surprise. There are exactly 0 cases of Disease X because it does not exist. Next....
Researchers said that they added Disease X to the threat list to recognise the fact that the next deadly pandemic could be started by an illness that has not caused any problems before.