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In the Congo rainforest, the doctor who discovered Ebola warns of deadly viruses yet to come

Humanity faces an unknown number of new & potentially fatal viruses emerging from Africa's tropical rainforests, according to Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum, who helped discover the Ebola virus in 1976 & has been on the frontline of the hunt for new pathogens ever since.


What would happen during an outbreak of "Disease X," a new pathogen that could sweep the world as fast as Covid-19, but one that has Ebola's 50% to 90% fatality rate?

"Disease X" is hypothetical for now, an outbreak that scientists and public health experts fear could lead to serious disease around the world if and when it occurs, according to WHO. "X" stands for unexpected.


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https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/22/africa/drc-forest-new-virus-intl/index.html

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