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Beware of mystery 'Disease X', scientists warn

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Piney

Fear mongering....

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Vlad the Mighty

Spread by Putin again. 

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Piney
49 minutes ago, Vlad the Mighty said:

Spread by Putin again. 

:lol:

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Twin

How about "Dark Disease" spread by Dark Matter on waves of Dark Energy?

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darkmoonlady

Not a matter of if but when. Once a pandemic starts there won't be much to stop it early on. Global travel between high population centers will virtually guarantee world wide spread. The Spanish flu was helped to spread by international travel during WWI, imagine now with planes zipping across the globe. 

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Nzo
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I find it very refreshing, that they actually point to the fact, that they have no clue. It speaks of humble researchers vitally aware that we really don't know much and what little we do know is not enough to protect us in the future. The way scientific research should be. We also have to take into account CRISPR and all the new mutations that technology is going to bring in as it becomes much much more sophisticated, accurate and easily accessible.

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Grandpa Greenman
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13 hours ago, darkmoonlady said:

Not a matter of if but when. Once a pandemic starts there won't be much to stop it early on. Global travel between high population centers will virtually guarantee world wide spread. The Spanish flu was helped to spread by international travel during WWI, imagine now with planes zipping across the globe. 

Here is the care for universal health care. Get everyone you can on the same page with primary care, so there is a chance to nip it in the bug.  

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pallidin

Of course, one can't take proactive or remedial medical steps against an entirely fictitious pathogen with unknown attributes.

But, I think that's part of the point.

Likely a thrust to formalize emergency procedures and to recognize existing "safe-places/safe-procedures" in the event of a world-wide catastrophic outbreak of such a potent unknown in order to at least help ensure the partial survivability of the human race, and suggestive methods to eradicate or contain the threat if possible.

So, it seems this effort is generally "procedural", but of a very high order; recognizing that some individual whacko, group or rouge nation might maliciously tinker with viral DNA and weaponize it.

Something along the lines of "We better have at least some type of plan, as opposed to no plan at all"

...just some thoughts...

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atom2084

If an unknown disease were to spread, perhaps it would be brought on from other scientists who were so hell bent on resurrecting viruses from our past. 

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XenoFish
On 3/11/2018 at 2:42 PM, UM-Bot said:

The World Health Organization has highlighted the potential danger of a deadly, as-yet-unknown pathogen.

Zombies?

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Doug1o29
5 hours ago, pallidin said:

Of course, one can't take proactive or remedial medical steps against an entirely fictitious pathogen with unknown attributes.

But, I think that's part of the point.

Likely a thrust to formalize emergency procedures and to recognize existing "safe-places/safe-procedures" in the event of a world-wide catastrophic outbreak of such a potent unknown in order to at least help ensure the partial survivability of the human race, and suggestive methods to eradicate or contain the threat if possible.

So, it seems this effort is generally "procedural", but of a very high order; recognizing that some individual whacko, group or rouge nation might maliciously tinker with viral DNA and weaponize it.

Something along the lines of "We better have at least some type of plan, as opposed to no plan at all"

...just some thoughts...

One possible such disease is an as-yet-nonexistent version of bird flu.  One cannot develop a vaccine for it until it exists, and yet, most of its genome already exists in other flu strains.  So it would be possible to develop a vaccine for it from already-existing strains.

Like you say, this is most-likely a precaution.  What do we do if...

Doug

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Hawken

In the US Heart Disease and Cancer are the top killers. Maybe we need to find a cure for those.

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Doug1o29
13 minutes ago, Hawkin said:

In the US Heart Disease and Cancer are the top killers. Maybe we need to find a cure for those.

We already know how dangerous these are and they are not likely to get any worse.

Possible epidemics like bird flu are not problems at the moment, but they have the potential to get very bad, very fast.  That's the reason for the concern.

Doug

 

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Piney
5 hours ago, Doug1o29 said:

We already know how dangerous these are and they are not likely to get any worse.

Possible epidemics like bird flu are not problems at the moment, but they have the potential to get very bad, very fast.  That's the reason for the concern.

Doug

 

The bird "feeding frenzy" is very popular with people wanting them around their houses. Perhaps another form of a zoonotic disease could crop up.

 My people didn't domesticate animals because we didn't figure out how. We didn't domesticate animals because we thought it was unclean to have them around. That is why food processing areas are only found outside of village and hamlet sites in known Algonquian habitations.

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