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Disease X is a placeholder name adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) for any new unknown pathogen that may cause disease and potentially an epidemic in the future.
It was added to the list of Blueprint priority diseases as a knowable unknown by the WHO on 7 February 2018. The purpose of the placeholder is to acknowledge the potential for a new epidemic caused by an unknown pathogen and to prepare in advance for the R&D response. The WHO's establishment of the term in February 2018 sparked media panic and speculation as to which diseases could qualify as "disease X", despite the fact that the WHO established the term as a concept not referring to any one particular disease. Mainstream media speculation included the idea that it could be created intentionally as a biological weapon. However, it is most likely to arise as a zoonotic infection.
Some believe coronavirus is Disease X, but the real answer could lie in East Africa.
"Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever" leaves people bleeding from their eyes, mouth, and anus.
The gruesome sickness, informally dubbed "bleeding eye fever", has a higher mortality rate than the plague and has mystified medical professionals for the past couple of years.
23-year-old Khadar Abdi Abdullahi’s eyes began turning yellow. Then the palms of his hands did the same. Soon he was bleeding from his nose, and from his mouth, and his body was swelling all over. Eventually he collapsed with fever. He later died.
A deadly sickness is spreading through villages near a Chinese natural gas project in Ethiopia’s Somali region, according to locals and officials who spoke to the Guardian. Many of Khadar’s neighbours have suffered the same symptoms. Like him, some died.
Just a look at one of the many things we have in this existence that could wipe out human civilization on this world, in very short order. Plenty of doom porn here, from the macro to the micro everything is out to get us. What can the human race possibly do to avoid being erased from the cosmos?