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- Professor Jean Jacques Muyembe Tamfum helped discover the Ebola virus in 1976
- He said potentially deadly new viruses are emerging from African rainforests.
- “Disease X”, which means unexpected, is hypothetical but can be fatal
Doctor who discovered Ebola warns that deadly new viruses will affect humanity as doctors fear new disease X.
Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum, who helped discover the Ebola virus in 1976, said humanity has been exposed to an untold number of new viruses.
— Menzi Kulati (@menzikulati) January 2, 2021
He said potentially deadly new viruses were emerging from African rainforests, CNN reports.
He added: “We are now in a world where new pathogens are emerging. And it is a threat to humanity. ‘
Worse Than COVID-19
The professor said he believes future pandemics could be worse than Covid-19 and more apocalyptic.
In Ingende, Democratic Republic of the Congo, a patient wishing to remain anonymous presented with the first symptoms of hemorrhagic fever.
The patient has been tested for Ebola, but doctors fear it may be zero for “disease X,” which means unexpected if the results are negative.
This new pathogen could spread as fast as Covid-19, but it has a mortality rate of 50% to 90% from Ebola.
“Disease X” is hypothetical, but according to WHO, scientists fear that if it occurs it could lead to worldwide destruction.
As a young researcher, Professor Muyembe took the first blood samples from victims of a mysterious disease, later called Ebola.
The disease caused bleeding and killed about 88% of patients and 80% of the staff at Yambuku Mission Hospital when it was first discovered.
The vials of blood were shipped to Belgium and the United States, where scientists discovered a worm-shaped virus.
The professor warned of many other zoonotic diseases that pass from animals to humans.
Yellow fever, various forms of flu, rabies and Lyme disease are some of those that are often transmitted from animals to humans by rodents or insects and which have already caused epidemics and pandemics.
Experts say the growing number of emerging viruses is largely due to the destruction of animal habitats and the wildlife trade.
When their natural habitats disappear, animals such as rats, bats and insects survive where larger animals are exterminated.
SARS, MERS, and the Covid-19 virus are all coronaviruses that have affected humans, and Covid-19 is believed to come from China, possibly from bats.
According to research by Mark Woolhouse, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, three to four new virus species are discovered every year.
Most of them come from animals, and scientists believe zoonotic diseases like Ebola and Covid-19 make the leap when wild animals are slaughtered.
Animals living in so-called “wet” markets pose a greater threat and “disease X” can live in any animal there.
Scientists had previously linked these types of wet markets to zoonotic diseases when they emerged from bird flu and SARS.