Monday 27 June 2022 12:15 AM Could 'Disease X' be just around the corner? Top professor warns of a new ... trends now

Monday 27 June 2022 12:15 AM Could 'Disease X' be just around the corner? Top professor warns of a new ... trends now
Monday 27 June 2022 12:15 AM Could 'Disease X' be just around the corner? Top professor warns of a new ... trends now

Monday 27 June 2022 12:15 AM Could 'Disease X' be just around the corner? Top professor warns of a new ... trends now

Britain has to 'strengthen' its preparations for the possibility of a new pandemic labelled 'Disease X', according to experts, after a string of infectious diseases hit the UK in the past six months.

After traces of polio was found in sewage samples in parts of London for the first time in 40 years this week, an expert in diseases has said that after a series of health 'events' in the past six months, there is likely something 'on the horizon'.

The UK detected a strain of H5 bird flu was detected in a human in January this year, in the South West of England, and in February, three cases of Lassa fever - one of which died from the disease.

Rodent-borne disease Lassa fever was brought into Britain for the first time since 2009 in February after a family returned to their home in the east of England from West Africa.

And in March, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever was brought into the country after a woman returned to the UK from central Asia.

Britain could soon be hit by an 'impossible to predict' Disease X according to experts, who warn that after a string of infectious diseases to hit the UK in the past six months, a Black Death-scale outbreak could be just around the corner

Britain could soon be hit by an 'impossible to predict' Disease X according to experts, who warn that after a string of infectious diseases to hit the UK in the past six months, a Black Death-scale outbreak could be just around the corner

The UK Health Security Agency said the fever, a viral disease usually transmitted by ticks and livestock animals in countries where the disease is endemic, has only been identified in the UK three times since 2012.

The most recent addition to the string of infectious diseases to come to Britain is Monkeypox in May, and since then nearly 800 cases of the virus have been recorded.

Gay and bisexual men who are at a 'high risk' of catching monkeypox are set to be offered a Imvanex vaccine - which is 85 per cent effective - to protect against the infection, health chiefs announced today. Almost all infections so far have been spotted in men who have sex with men.

Professor Paul Hunter of medicine at the University of East Anglia told the Telegraph: 'People going from this country to other countries and back is probably the biggest driver of disease importations.'

'We do need to pay attention, to strengthen pandemic preparedness and maintain our surveillance systems, because in the grand scheme of things Covid wasn’t as bad as it potentially could have been.

'When it comes to disease, we’re not an island and it would be a mistake to consider ourselves as such.”'

In light of these recent outbreaks, Professor Mark Woolhouse of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, also told the newspaper: 'There’s a name for what we’re seeing at the moment in the UK and

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