Patient Zero

Patient Zero

an individual identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the person who introduced the human immunodeficiency virus in the United States. According to CDC records, Patient Zero, an airline steward, infected nearly 50 other persons before he died of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome in 1984.
(1) A controversial figure in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, Gaëtan Dugas was a French-Canadian airline steward, whose sexual activity linked him to 40 of the first 248 men diagnosed of what was then known as gay-related immune deficiency—GRID. Dugas died of terminal renal failure, and had 4 episodes of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia before he died. He was so named based on a transmission scenario compiled by Dr. Wm. Darrow et al of the CDC. Darrow subsequently repudiated his conclusion, but the name stuck
(2) Based on the original ‘Patient Zero’, the generic term, ’patient zero', has expanded into general usage for any first case or onset of a catastrophic trend
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Sheen, who spent PS1million on sex workers in 2013 alone, has become known as Patient Zero in legal circles as California lawyers continue to receive calls from claimants.
By sharing and leveraging security events, it can act against potentially dangerous applications, downloads, websites and files at the moment suspicious behaviors are observed, and before a system becomes patient zero.
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Mary's Hospital where the patient zero, called super spreader, infected more than 30 people, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Eight other patients were all infected from the patient zero in his late 60s, raising possibility for the first patient to be a "super spreader" who disproportionately infects more people than others.
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Given the number of devices we have on campus, we need to be sure that when a device is compromised, we can identify that patient zero and prevent it from spreading through the network putting information at risk and slowing productivity, said Brett Weston, information security administrator, Loyola University Chicago.
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Only once does the film resort to what might be considered cheap disaster movie tactics, watching nervously as two surgeons peel back the scalp of Paltrow's patient zero to examine her brain for signs of the infection.
Only once does the film resort to cheap disaster movie tactics, watching nervously as two surgeons peel back the scalp of Paltrow's patient zero to examine her brain for signs of the infection.
One of those workers (a more likely Patient Zero for North America) carried the infection back to Haiti.