Fri. Apr 16th, 2021


As the world is currently dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, another disease deadlier than the pandemic seems to materialize. Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum, the scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus close to four and a half decades back (1976), said deadlier diseases are likely to be discovered soon and they could be worse than Covid-19 and more apocalyptic as a host of new and potentially fatal viruses emerging from Africa’s tropical rainforests may be affecting humanity in the years to come.

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According to a CNN report, Professor Tamfum was quoted as saying, “We are now in a world where new pathogens will come out. And that is what constitutes a threat to humanity.”

As per reports, at present, there is the threat of a deadly disease called ‘Disease X’ affecting humans. That reportedly spreads as fast as the novel coronavirus and is as fatal as the Ebola virus, which could start another pandemic in the coming days.

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The inception of the new virus was seen in a woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who was found suffering from symptoms of a hemorrhagic fever, which could have been caused by an unidentified deadly pathogen.

The CNN report said that the woman identified as Ingende was tested for multiple diseases, but they all tested negative, sparking fears that her illness might have been caused by ‘Disease X’.

It is worth mentioning that the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that “Disease X” is still hypothetical but could turn into a deadly pandemic.

Professor Tamfum has said that diseases such as yellow fever, influenza, rabies, have all began from animal to human transmission, adding such incidences are common and could cause epidemics and pandemics in the future.

As per the data available, Disease X may also be thriving inside an animal/s at the moment, that are brought to the metropolis by people serving the rich exotic dishes or providing them exotic pets.

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