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Ebola - Who is patient zero. Disease traced back to 2-year-old in Guinea


By Holly Yan and Lynda Kinkade

(CNN) -- Before the virus ravaged West Africa, before the deaths soared into the thousands, before the outbreak triggered global fears, Ebola struck a toddler named Emile Ouamouno.

Virtually no one knew the 2-year-old by name. Now the world knows him as patient zero.

Researchers from The New England Journal of Medicine believe Emile was the first person to contract the disease in the current outbreak almost a year ago.

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