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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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Patient Zero: The origins of disease
http://blogs.plos.org/publichealth/2013/05/07/patient-zero-the-origins-of-disease/
"Dr Sara Baker was sent to Mary Mallon's house, as it was felt that a female doctor may be more persuasive than a male. After being refused again, Dr Baker went to Mary's workplace with police officers, and had her arrested. Mary was tested, deemed to be a carrier, and placed in isolation on North Brother Island."

HIV's 'Patient Zero' Wrongly Blamed for AIDS Epidemic
https://www.seeker.com/hivs-patient-zero-wrongly-blamed-for-aids-epidemic-2066088202.html
"As the scientists conducted patient interviews to reconstruct their social network and trace the infection -- not yet known as acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS -- back to it source, one man in particular came up repeatedly: Gaetan Dugas."

These Three Diseases Could Be the Next Global Epidemic
https://www.seeker.com/these-three-diseases-could-be-the-next-global-epidemic-2201868621.html
"With the world still reeling from outbreaks of deadly Ebola and baby-deforming Zika, governments and charities launched a $460-million (431 million-euro) initiative to 'outsmart' infectious epidemics."
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