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WHO Says 10 Diseases Pose a Health Risk

WHO Says 10 Diseases Pose a Health Risk

Friday, 16 February, 2018 - 06:45
Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) health workers prepare at ELWA's hospital isolation camp during the visit of Senior United Nations (UN) System Coordinator for Ebola, David Nabarro, in Monrovia August 23, 2014. REUTERS/2Tango
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The World Health Organization has updated a list of diseases that pose a public health risk because of their epidemic potential.

Using a published prioritization methodology, the list was first reviewed in January 2017, WHO said.

The second annual review occurred on February 6-7.

Experts consider that given their potential to cause a public health emergency and the absence of efficacious drugs and/or vaccines, there is an urgent need for accelerated research and development for Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus disease, Lassa fever, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Nipah and henipaviral diseases, Rift Valley fever (RVF), Zika and Disease X.

“Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease,” the organization said.

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