Deadly new virus ‘Disease X’ detected in Africa
Published: 02:23 PM, 6 January 2021
“There are still a number of viruses living in the African forests that are deadly to humans, can cause multiple epidemics around the world” – such a warning was given by the scientist ago. Recently, a woman living in Inganda, a Congolese border town, showed signs and symptoms of an unknown fever and bleeding, prompting a warning message.
According to CNN, the doctors could not identify any specific virus in the woman, who was in danger of contracting multiple diseases after falling ill, even after doing many tests to find specific viruses including Ebola. Due to this, the doctors have identified this unknown symptom as ‘Disease X’.
The experts claim that the unknown disease can spread as fast as Covid-19, however, its lethality is almost the same as Ebola – which is 50 to 90 percent similar to the virus. However, the woman, who is suffering from Ebola-like symptoms, has now recovered.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), unexpected ‘Disease X’ is a conceptual disease at the moment, but if it spreads widely, there could be “terrible epidemics” around the world.
Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, one of the pioneers in identifying the Ebola virus in 1976, said: “We are living in a world where new germs can appear. And that is the terror for human civilization.”
“These germs can cause a more dangerous infection than Covid-19,” he also warned.
According to Muyembe-Tamfum, a number of animal-borne viruses will infect humans and spread deadly diseases in the future.
Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum currently runs the National Institute of Biomedical Research in Kinshasa, USA, with the support of the US Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
“If any germ emerges from Africa, it will take time to spread around the world,” he told CNN, adding that “if the new virus is caught early, there will be a possibility of inventing new strategies to deal with it in Europe and around the world.”