According to a new book, which was a World War I starved of leaping from chimpanzees to humans because of AIDS, animals were forced to hunt for food.
The unknown “Patient Zero” was part of an invasion force of 1,600 Belgian and French soldiers who, along with 4,000 African allies, traveled from Leopoldville in the Congo, Belgium to a remote outpost in Cameroon, says Canadian microbiologist Jacques Pépin, who once used to work. As a Bush doctor in Central Africa in the 1980s.
Pepin, a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Universito de Sherbrooke in Quebec, makes the intriguing hypothesis the focus of a new edition of his famous book, “Origins of AIDS”.
“Patient Zero” was likely to be injured after killing a subspecies of shrimp – Pan Troglodytes Troglodytes – infected with a simian virus that was infected with HIV, or the human immunodeficiency virus, the virus that causes AIDS, Pepin. Writes in a recently published tome by Cambridge. University – Press School.
In the 2011 edition of the Seminal Book, after an injured African hunter killed an animal in 1921, infected in the process, Pepin originally made HIV leap from chimpanzee to humans. Pepin then described how the virus was spread throughout the world in colonization, prostitution, and “well-meaning” public health campaigns that lacked what are now common safety protocols, such as preventing needles sharing.
In the second edition, released this month, Pepin draws on research in medical archives in Africa and Europe, stating that ‘Patient Zero’ was not a native hunter, but instead a food from a hungry World War soldier. Forced to hunt the chimpanzee when his regiment was trapped. Moloundou ran into the remote forest around Cameroon and out of food supplies.
Most books about AIDS begin in 1981, when a group of gay men in the US began dying after contracting a venomous pneumonia. Since then, HIV has gone on to kill 33 million and infect approximately 76 million people worldwide.
“Some may say that understanding the past is irrelevant,” Pepin writes in the introduction to the new edition of his book. “We have a moral obligation to millions of people who have died, or will die from this infection. Second, the tragedy was facilitated by human interventions: (colonization), urbanization, and perhaps deliberate public health campaigns.