Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

New study exonerates HIV/AIDS 'patient zero'


Posted on Thursday, 27 October, 2016 | Comment icon 3 comments

Dugas was wrongly accused of bringing the virus to North America. Image Credit: PD - John Keith
The man thought to be responsible for bringing the virus to North America was actually totally innocent.
One of the most demonized patients in history, French-Canadian flight attendant Gaétan Dugas was dubbed 'patient zero' after it was believed that he was responsible for bringing HIV to North America as a result of his sexual liaisons with infected individuals in other countries.

Now however, a new study involving an analysis of Dugas's HIV genome from a blood sample has shown that it was typical of the disease in America at the time and that it did not originate with him.

Instead, the virus arrived in the US ten years earlier via an existing epidemic in the Caribbean.

It also appears that Dugas was never even intended to be given the designation 'patient zero' in the first place and that this may have actually been due to a simple typing error.

"The current study provides further evidence that patient 57, the individual identified both by the letter O and the number 0, was not patient zero of the North American epidemic," said historian Richard McKay from the University of Cambridge.

"In many ways the historical evidence has been pointing to the fallacy of this particular notion of patient zero for decades."

"This individual was simply one of thousands infected before HIV/AIDS was recognised."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (3)

Tags: HIV, AIDS, Outbreak


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer on 27 October, 2016, 18:52
I realize the technology didn't exist to do this back-tracking until now, but for Dugas it's a bit too little too late.  The poor guy will be associated with that accusation for the rest of history.by word of mouth.  I would hope that all printed references will be correceted.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Timonthy on 27 October, 2016, 21:18
'correceted' - see how easy it is?
Comment icon #3 Posted by stevemagegod on 27 October, 2016, 22:10
Ops I got Aids again time to take my aids pills again all gone giggy giggy goo =Quagmire Hot Meg Universe.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5872819
252464
166410

 
Woman blames car crash on Bigfoot sighting
3-28-2017
An unidentified motorist ended up hitting a deer in her car after being distracted by a 'hairy beast'.
Apollo astronaut: 'ET has never visited us'
3-28-2017
Alan Bean, one of only 12 people to walk on the Moon, doesn't believe we have ever been visited by aliens.
'Maerdy Monster' is new species of millipede
3-28-2017
Scientists in the UK have discovered a previously unknown species of millipede at an old Welsh coal mine.
Australia's own 'Jurassic Park' discovered
3-27-2017
Scientists have identified a site containing thousands of footprints from 21 different dinosaur species.
Featured book
 
By Guy Lyon Playfair
A look at the story of Peggy Hodgson and her four children who, between 1977 and 1979, were at the center of one of the most terrifying poltergeist cases ever documented.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Mythical monsters
Posted 3-28-2017 | 1 comment
Jeremy Wade investigates the stories behind some of the world's best known monster myths.
 
6ft rockets in slow motion
Posted 3-27-2017 | 0 comments
The Slo Mo Guys use their high-speed camera to record some rocket launches.
 
Most watched animal on YouTube
Posted 3-26-2017 | 2 comments
Maru the cat has accumulated more views than any other animal on the video sharing site.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ