The experts at World Health Organization (WHO) have recently warned about newfound pathogens that may have the ability to trigger a worldwide epidemic.
Other diseases listed in the report include crimean-congo haemorrhagic fever (cchf), Ebola virus disease, Marburg virus disease, Lassa fever, middle east respiratory syndrome coronavirus (mers-cov), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). nipah and henipaviral diseases, rift valley fever (rvf) and zika virus.
Highlighted in the 2018 annual review of the Blueprint list of priority diseases, WHO said it developed a tool to determine which diseases and pathogens pose a public health risk due to their epidemic potential. There are also fears that Disease X could spread in light of a natural disaster or accident.
Despite its name, disease X is not spread around by one group of highly-gifted mutant children in both comic and film.
At first, including an unidentified disease with the potential to wreak havoc on humanity feels kind of alarmist - but it isn't meant to create panic.
World Health Organization warned that a number of other potentially-deadly diseases that didn't make the list should still be considered a high priority. The WHO has done so to raise awareness of the potential threats human life is subject too. Are you concerned about the potential of a new deadly disease taking over the world?
"History tells us that it is likely the next big outbreak will be something we have not seen before", said John-Arne Rottingen, chief executive of the Research Council of Norway and a scientific adviser to the World Health Organization committee.
"It may seem odd to be adding an 'X, ' but the point is make sure we prepare and plan flexibly in terms of vaccines and diagnostic tests", Rottingen told the newspaper.
Where could a new deadly pathogen come from?
The most probable source of the disease is zoonotic diseases present in wild and domesticated animals, and can be transmitted to humans.
To be clear, we don't yet know what Disease X is.
Human-animal contacts are intensifying as Man moves.
A biological weapon is basically the deliberate utilization of contagious disease as a weapon. Throughout history, many warring factions have used viruses. The US and USSR have experimented biological weapons during the Cold War. Under Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi military is believed to have experimented with botulinum toxins, while Al Qaeda toyed with anthrax. HIV, TB, and influenza still cause a major threat, killing thousands across the globe each year.