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Course of a Killer Virus

Copyright 1999 South China Morning Post Ltd.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

For those under the age of about 35, it would be hard to remember a time before Aids. Since the virus was first noted among Los Angeles gays at the start of the 1980s, we have learned to live under the shadow of a deadly menace that has infected about one per cent of the world's population. Yet there was a time before Aids. As scientists race to develop cures or vaccines that could stem the disease, the question of when and where Aids started, or more to the point, how it started, is largely overlooked.

The Makings of a Medical Disaster

(Interview re The River: A Journey Back to the Source of HIV and AIDS)

The race to find a polio vaccine in the 1950s now appears to have caused the modern AIDs epidemic. Edward Hooper, who has traced the virus back to mass vaccinations of African children, explains his devastating findings to Penelope Dening

The White Death

(Sydney: Angus & Robertson [An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers], 1996), 266 pages. ISBN 0-207-19041-0. A$16.95.

Did the use of monkeys for medicine cause AIDS? A chilling exposé of a theory that has international scientists running for cover.

Earliest AIDS Case Is Called Into Doubt

Earliest AIDS Case Is Called Into Doubt

© New York Times 1995

WHAT was believed to be the earliest known case of AIDS, dating to 1959, may not have been AIDS after all, new scientific evidence shows.

The case of David Carr, a 25-year-old man who died in 1959 in Manchester, England, has taken another perplexing twist.

"Origin of AIDS" Update

Published in Rolling Stone, 9 December 1993, p. 39


In our March 19, 1992, issue (RS 626), Rolling Stone published an article by Tom Curtis entitled "The Origin of AIDS: A Startling New Theory Attempts to Answer the Question 'Was It an Act of God or an Act of Man?'" In a nutshell, the article raised the theoretical question of whether the AIDS virus or precursor virus might have been transmitted inadvertently from monkeys to humans during a mass-polio-vaccination campaign that was conducted in the Belgian Congo in 1957 through 1960 using a vaccine developed by Dr. Hilary Koprowski. The article did not state that this in fact occurred but only that the possibility that one of his vaccines might have been contaminated with such a virus was one of several disputed and unproven theories.

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