Today is World’s AIDS Day. Since 1988, this day is celebrated for spreading AIDS awareness among the people. Do you know who was the first person who got diagnosed with AIDS and how it happened? Let us tell you, the various researches reveal that the AIDS is caused by chimpanzees.
This deadly AIDS virus began killing people since 1908. It all happened after a hunter became infected with blood from a chimpanzee that was carrying the disease in 1908. The hunter was wounded while tracking the chimp in south-east Cameroon and was the first known person to have the disease.
But it was in 1968, means after 60 years, the killer virus first spread to the US when infected blood used in transfusions was imported from Haiti. A Canadian flight attendant, named Gaetan Dugas was responsible for the spread of AIDS in America. His extensive travel and a large number of gay partners led him to be labeled ‘Patient Zero” who was responsible for bringing the disease to the US.
The spread of AIDS led to a number of deaths in the country. By the end of the decade, more than 60,000 people in the US had died and the disease rapidly spread to the world afterward.