Disease X and 9 Pathogens Monitored by Researchers

Alvin Karunia By Alvin Karunia
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The Next Pandemic Threat?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ‘Disease X’ could be the cause of the next pandemic.

The term ‘Disease X’ represents the understanding that a serious international epidemic could be caused by pathogens currently unknown to cause diseases in humans.

Although not an immediate threat, researchers are closely monitoring the development of ‘Disease X.’

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Ebola: Lingering Threat

Ebola is a deadly disease caused by a viral infection. Initial symptoms resemble influenza but can worsen rapidly. The disease can lead to organ damage and internal bleeding. While rare outside endemic areas, the mortality rate is very high when infected with this virus.

SARS: Acute Respiratory Infection

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a respiratory infection caused by the SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). Initial symptoms are similar to influenza but can worsen rapidly.

Nipah: Rare and Deadly Virus

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Nipah is a rare but serious virus originating from bats and can cause fever, vomiting, and respiratory infections in humans. Severe cases may involve seizures and encephalitis (brain inflammation), leading to a coma. The virus has a mortality rate between 40-75%, according to WHO.

9 Pathogens Monitored by Researchers

In addition to ‘Disease X,’ Ebola, SARS, and Nipah, researchers are currently monitoring 9 other pathogens. While there are no further details on these pathogens, researchers strive to understand and monitor their developments to prevent potential pandemics in the future.

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In the face of a pandemic threat, knowledge and preparedness are key. By understanding and monitoring these pathogens, we can be better prepared to respond and, hopefully, prevent the next pandemic.

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