One of the most demonized patients in history, Gaetan Dugas, has been cleared of claims he first spread HIV to the U.S. A new study published in the journal Nature based on blood collected for hepatitis trials showed he was just one of thousands of infected people in the 1970s. Richard McKay, a science historian at the University of Cambridge, said: “Gaetan Dugas is … one of a long line of individuals and groups vilified in the belief that they somehow fueled epidemics with malicious intent.” The Air Canada employee who died in 1984 was labelled Patient O by the Centers for Disease Control because he was a case “Out of California.” Over time the O became a 0 and the term Patient Zero was born.
Source: Drudge Report

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