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The Hunt for Patient Zero Is Important But Impossible

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Channel: Seeker
Categories: Biology   |   Health   |   Environmental   |   Science  
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Finding the source of a disease outbreak requires intensive detective work from health experts. But is finding Patient Zero even possible?

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This episode of Seeker was hosted by Trace Dominguez.
Written by: Lauren Ellis

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