Scientists warn the world that there will be a new major virus outbreak this year 2017. Health organizations have already called for faster vaccine in advance as three new deadly diseases could cause the next global health emergency pandemic.
Scientists Fear New Respiratory Tract Infection Diseases
Scientists fear a widespread of Lassa, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) and Nipah virus. WHO has already added the three to its top 10 lists of priority diseases. Alarming as it sounds, but the governments and some charities have pledged $460 million for the development of vaccines to counter-act as soon as possible. But they still ask another $500 million from the World Economic Forum Davos to hasten the process.
Progress of vaccines often take nearly a decade. But the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi) said they want to see an effective vaccine against the three deadly viruses within the next five years.
Immediate Response To Prevent Virus Outbreak 2017
The World Health Organizations aim to avoid the conditions during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the Zika epidemic in Latin America. They said many have suffered due to a "tragically unprepared" health world.
"Before the 2014 outbreak we only had very small Ebola epidemics that were in isolated communities that we could control," said Jeremy Farrar, director of the WellCome Trust, reports the BBC. "But in the modern world with urbanization and travel, 21st Century epidemics possibly will start in a big cities and then it started spreading like the way Ebola did in West Africa."
More than 11,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have died due to Ebola virus. While Zika virus left thousands of children with damaged shrink brains in Brazil. During both outbreaks, scientists can't provide exact treatment or vaccine to fight the diseases but they educate and immunize all citizens affected with the virus. To date, experts are still trying to find an effective remedy to end infections.
Cepi wants governments, scientists, and officials to work together to avoid the potential occurrence virus outbreak 2017. Failure to act against the three new viruses could lead to greater harm across the world.
WHO Assistant Director-General Dr Marie-Paule Kieny warned the viruses could transform faster before the vaccine and become riskier for individuals. In addition, there's still a lack of studies about the diseases. "Then there are the things that are completely unknown to us now," Kieny said.