Patient Zero Victims

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As soon as an illness breaks out, it’s just a matter of time until it spreads. Here we present to you patient zero victims of the most dangerous epidemics in the world.

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9: Gaetan Dugas
The term "patient zero" originated from Gaeten Dugas, a man who for years was believed to be the man who brought HIV to the US. Dugas was a flight attendant working for Air Canada, and was diagnosed with AIDS in the early 80s. The disease was first clinically observed among the gay community in the US in 1981
8: Typhoid Mary
Typhoid fever is a nasty bacterial disease spread by the digestion of food and water contaminated with an infected person's feces or urine. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and a terrible rash. However, there are those who exhibit no symptoms at all. These people, called carriers, are more of a threat as they could unknowingly and unsuspectingly spread the disease to others. The most famous of Typhoid carriers is Mary Mallon. Mary was originally from Ireland, and worked as a cook for wealthy families in New York City after immigrating to the US. It was the early 20th Century, and Typhoid was mainly a problem in poor communities
7: Haitian Cholera Patient Zero
The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a disaster of epic proportions, resulting in the death of over 100,000 civilians and billions of dollars in damages to the already poverty stricken country. The Haitians terrible misfortune seemed to know no end, as a terrible cholera outbreak immediately followed the earthquake. Almost undoubtedly, researchers claim the first person to contract the illness was a 28 year old mentally ill man from the town of Mirebalai. The man who was known as the village's "crazy person"
6: Mabalo Lokela
Ebola is one of the worst infectious diseases of this century. For the past few years the disease has devastated West Africa, and caused waves of panic across the world with several cases occurring outside the African continent. Ebola still has no cure or vaccine, and thousands of infected individuals have died suffering massive internal hemorrhage. The disease is named after the Ebola River, which flows near a small village named Yambuku
5: Dr. Liu Jianlin
Severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, starts like a typical flu but would rapidly develop into a critical case of pneumonia and eventually death from respiratory failure. We might not hear of any more cases of SARS today, but the viral disease was seen as a serious threat to the global population in 2003, with a total of 774 reported deaths in 37 countries. The disease was first identified in Guangdong, in southern China, and the local government
4: Edgar Enrique Hernandez
In the remote village of La Gloria in Mexico, stands a bronze statue of a smiling five year old boy. The subject is a real life boy named Edgar Enrique Hernandez, also known as Nino Cero or Kid Zero, survivor and first person recognized to have contracted the infamous new strain of H1N1 virus known as swine flu. The disease spread wide in 2009, causing a worldwide influenza pandemic that killed over 14,000 people. It all started in early 2009
3: Emile Ouamouno
In December 2013, a two year old Guinean village boy named Emile Oumono suddenly got seriously ill, and died four days later. His other family members followed suit, starting by his older sister, then their pregnant mother, then grandmother, and then a number of villagers. Researchers now believe that that village deep in the forests of Guinea was the source of the Ebola virus epidemic
2: Private Albert Gitchell
Nearly everyone knows of how terrible World War 1 was - a futile war that killed 17 million people and caused millions more to suffer. But not many know of the Spanish flu pandemic which started in the final year of the war. The deadly influenza outbreak lasted for 3 years and resulted in the deaths of more people than the war. Between 50 to 100 million infected people died, which was around 3 to 5 percent of the entire world's population
1: The Black Death Sailor
One day in 1346, a very sick sailor staggered off the Genoese galley he had been sailing in onto a harbor in Sicily. The man who had contracted a strange illness while in Ottoman territory had developed swellings in his armpits and groin, and his neck was stiff. His chest ached badly and his breath gave out a terrible stench. His skin then slowly turned black, painful buboes appeared on his body, and he eventually died after days of suffering

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