The Ethics of Hunting Down ‘Patient Zero’

NYT, 29 October 2016
Author: Donald G McNeil Jr
“The alleged “Patient Zero” of the American AIDS epidemic — a French Canadian flight attendant named Gaétan Dugas, who died of AIDS in 1984 — was exonerated last week. The debunking of the Dugas myth raises a moral question: Is it right to hunt down the first case in any outbreak, to find every Patient Zero?”
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