While the world is finally seeing a glimmer of hope as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, a new and potentially far deadlier threat is on the horizon – Disease X.
Disease X is not a specific disease but a term used to describe a potential future pandemic caused by an unknown pathogen.
It represents the knowledge that a severe international epidemic could arise from a pathogen that has not previously caused human disease.
Disease X can emerge from various sources, including zoonotic diseases originating from animals, posing a challenge to public health preparedness.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially acknowledged Disease X as a global health challenge, emphasizing the need for proactive monitoring and research.
Experts warn that Disease X could be even deadlier than COVID-19, necessitating ongoing efforts in vaccine development, international collaboration, and pandemic preparedness.
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