10:09 GMT27 January 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian public health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, is investigating all sources and reports on the emergence and incidence of a new potentially deadly "Disease X" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the watchdog's press service told Sputnik on Sunday.

    "Rospotrebnadzor is studying all sources and publications on the topic relating to the incidence of the disease in the Congo", the Russian watchdog said.

    On 31 December, CNN reported that scientist Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum, who helped discover the Ebola virus, warned of the hypothetical new disease, which could lead to outbreaks around the world.

    Workers from the World Health Organization (WHO) inspect an Arktek ultra-cold vaccine storage cylinder containing Ebola vaccines in Mbandaka, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo in this undated photograph taken July, 2020. Picture taken July, 2020. T. Alhassan/WHOAFRO/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
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    Workers from the World Health Organization (WHO) inspect an Arktek ultra-cold vaccine storage cylinder containing Ebola vaccines in Mbandaka, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo in this undated photograph taken July, 2020. Picture taken July, 2020. T. Alhassan/WHOAFRO/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

    According to the World Health Organisation, "X" stands for "unexpected". One of Tamfum's patients in the DRC developed early symptoms of hemorrhagic fever but tested negative for Ebola and other known diseases.

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