Disease X, a term coined by the WHO, poses a potential global health crisis caused by an unidentified pathogen.
UK health expert Kate Bingham warns that Disease X could be deadlier than the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Bingham draws parallels to the devastating Spanish Flu of 1919-1920, emphasizing the potential severity of Disease X.
Disease X represents an unknown agent - virus, bacterium, or fungus - with no established treatments.
Swift and extensive mass vaccination drives would be required to combat Disease X, should it emerge.
Scientists have identified 25 virus families, but the potential for over a million undiscovered variants looms large.
Disease X could exhibit the infectiousness of measles combined with the lethality of Ebola, according to Bingham.
Factors driving pandemic emergence include globalization, urbanization, and ecological disruptions like deforestation.
Vigilance, rapid response capabilities, and robust vaccination campaigns are crucial in preparing for Disease X.
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