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The World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health authorities track disease outbreaks worldwide and alert the public about emerging health threats. But no new global health crisis has been declared.
A video featuring ominous images of oversized viruses and people in medical masks warns that a pandemic more devastating than the one caused by COVID-19 is here.
"A new deadly pandemic is at our doorstep," the Oct. 2 Facebook video claimed. "The new threat comes in the form of an unknown virus, more lethal and more contagious than anything we have experienced before."
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The Facebook video also mentions World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warning about the next pandemic.
During his May address to the World Health Assembly, Tedros said the end of the COVID-19 global health emergency does not mean the virus is no longer a concern.
"The threat of another variant emerging that causes new surges of disease and death remains. And the threat of another pathogen emerging with even deadlier potential remains," he said.
Nevertheless, no new global health crisis has been declared.
The World Health Organization maintains a list of "priority pathogens" to identify and prepare for diseases that could cause global outbreaks or pandemics. The current priority diseases are:
Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever
Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus disease
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
Nipah and henipaviral diseases
Rift Valley fever
According to the World Health Organization, Disease X "represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease."
The World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health authorities track disease outbreaks around the globe and send alerts to the public about emerging health threats. But, as of Oct. 5, there were no reports of an unknown disease causing widespread infection.
We rate the claim that "a new deadly pandemic is at our doorstep" False.
Facebook video, Oct. 2, 2023
The World Health Organization, "WHO Director-General's Report to Member States at the 76th World Health Assembly," May 22, 2023
The World Health Organization, "WHO to identify pathogens that could cause future outbreaks and pandemics," Nov. 21, 2022
The World Health Organization, "Prioritizing diseases for research and development in emergency contexts," accessed Oct. 5, 2022
The World Health Organization, "WHO EMRO | Outbreaks | Epidemic and pandemic diseases," Sept. 15, 2023
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "CDC Current Outbreak List," May 23, 2023
PolitiFact, "What is Disease X? How conspiracy theorists hijacked pandemic preparedness," Aug. 10, 2023
PolitiFact, "Conspiracy theorists falsely claim ‘Disease X’ is the next ‘plandemic’," Aug. 7, 2023
PolitiFact, "COVID-19 lockdowns returning? Here’s why public health experts say that’s unlikely," Sept. 8, 2023
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