Gaetan Dugas was long labelled Patient Zero in the US Aids epidemic, but new research suggests this was misplaced. Photo: Handout
Gaetan Dugas was long labelled Patient Zero in the US Aids epidemic, but new research suggests this was misplaced. Photo: Handout

The myth of Patient Zero: scientists clear man long blamed for causing US Aids epidemic

A letter ‘O’, misinterpreted as a zero, helped unfairly demonise Canadian air steward Gaetan Dugas as the primary source of the epidemic

Gaetan Dugas was long labelled Patient Zero in the US Aids epidemic, but new research suggests this was misplaced. Photo: Handout
Gaetan Dugas was long labelled Patient Zero in the US Aids epidemic, but new research suggests this was misplaced. Photo: Handout
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