Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum, the doctor who discovered Ebola in 1976, cautioned experts and the public about new deadly viruses called “Disease X.”‘
The World Health Organization (WHO) tagged these unknown number of new viruses as Disease X, in which the X stands for unexpected.
Dr. Muyembe expected these new deadly viruses to batter even if the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic. He suggested that the Deadly X will most likely come out of the African tropical rainforests.
“We are now in a world where new pathogens will come out. And that’s what constitutes a threat for humanity,” he told CNN.
While Disease X is hypothetical, the WHO said experts are raising the alarm that this could lead to destruction around the world if and when it occurs.
The disease has been on top of the priority list of diseases of the WHO. Experts said it is crucial for humanity to stay alert and keep a close watch on the breakout of any new pathogen.
A woman in Congo is probably the first Disease X patient
Dr. Muyembe said a woman who showed symptoms of hemorrhagic fever in a far-flung town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo could have been the first Disease X patient =