So when the study got written up, Dugas was labeled "Patient 0," with the numeral, not the letter. Dugas could help in the fight to end the epidemic, said Dr. Soon, however, the number of infected men began to double each year until almost seven percent of gay men in New York were infected. He flew for Air Canada. We asked McKay about that damaging myth and the real Dugas.
We need research, not hysteria!
Corrections Corrected: The furor only built up over the next few years as more and more people began contracting AIDS while the medical community made little progress in checking its spread. The idea of Patient Zero was very attractive.
A team led by Michael Worobey, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson and the lead author of the Nature paper, sequenced the genomes of the H.