‘Disease X’ listed as potential global endemic by World Health Organization — but what is it?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has added a mystery disease to a list of viruses that could cause a future global pandemic.

This comes after the WHO released a list of diseases in its 2018 R&D Blueprint. The document lists the illnesses that the WHO believes could pose a serious risk to public health, such as the Ebola virus, the Zika virus and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

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But for the first time, the organization added “Disease X” to the list after a review by health experts in February. Disease X isn’t yet known to exist, but health officials recognize that the next big outbreak could come from a virus they’ve not yet…

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