'Disease X': Scientist Who Discovered Ebola Warns About Dead
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A year into the coronavirus pandemic, experts warn that the future may hold worse pandemics as new pathogens emerge. One suspected case in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sparked fears of the reality of 'Disease X'.

What is 'Disease X'?

'Disease X' a serious disease that scientists and public health experts fear could spread across the world if and when it breaks out, according to the World Health Organization. It is a hypothesis rooted in scientific facts. Experts warn of the very real possibility of a disease as contagious as COVID-19 and as deadly as Ebola.

Woman exhibits Ebola symptoms, tests negative:

The chatter around 'Disease X' has grown with a case of a woman exhibited the symptoms of Ebola but tested negative for the disease. Although experiencing Ebola-like symptoms are said to be common, doctors still do not know the cause of her high fever and diarrhea. Even now that she has recovered, her illness remains a mystery.

Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum, who helped discover the Ebola virus, told that humanity faces an unknown number of new and potentially fatal viruses emerging from Africa's tropical rainforests.

3-4 new virus species emerge every year:

Notably, since the first animal to human infection was identified in 1901 (the yellow fever), scientists have found at least 200 more viruses known to cause diseases in humans. New species of viruses are being discovered at a rate of three to four a year, according to a research.

Ecological destruction, wildlife trade behind emerging viruses:

Experts say the rising number of emerging viruses is a result of ecological destruction and wildlife trade. When their habitats are cleared, animals like rats or bats survive where larger animals get annihilated. They're able to live alongside humans, which raises the chances of vectors carrying new diseases to humans.

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