Scientists have recently found out the first ever patient to be suffering from Ebola, hence called the Ebola patient zero. His name is Emile Ouamouno and the researchers think that the patient zero came from Guinea when he was an infant named Emile.
Around a year ago, Emile was the first patient to catch the disease in the current outbreak which was claimed to be so by the researchers from the New England Journal of Medicine. He was the one to start the gobal outbreak when he lived in the village of Southern Guinea with his family.
Even though it is unclear that how the boy was infected, the only thing already known is that ebola spreads easily since the ways of catching this disease is through infected fluids or through tissue.
It was found on 4th December when Emile started vomiting, got a high fever and excreted black stools. The boy died within four months and shortly after his 4-year-old sister, his grandmother and his mother died as well.
More people got infected while attending the grandmother’s funeral and hence, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, the young boy passed ebola to his grandmother, who, after her death, infected the other people of the village attending her funeral.
The grandmother was undergoing treatment in a place called Macenta, which was around 80 kilometers away from the place where Emile died. The doctor who tried to treat her himself got sick and passed the disease to his brothers who lived 133 kilometers away from macenta. All the brothers got infected with ebola and died.