12 episodes

How are medical mysteries solved? And what happens when questions remain? Patient Zero is an investigation of the spaces where people and pathogens collide. This season, we take a deep dive in to the history – and mystery – of one of the fastest spreading epidemics of our time: Lyme disease. Learn more at www.patientzeropodcast.com. A production of New Hampshire Public Radio.

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    • 4.1 • 1.3K Ratings

How are medical mysteries solved? And what happens when questions remain? Patient Zero is an investigation of the spaces where people and pathogens collide. This season, we take a deep dive in to the history – and mystery – of one of the fastest spreading epidemics of our time: Lyme disease. Learn more at www.patientzeropodcast.com. A production of New Hampshire Public Radio.

    BONUS: Lyme AMA (Ask Me Anything)

    BONUS: Lyme AMA (Ask Me Anything)

    Is it Lyme disease, or Lyme's disease? Can humans take the canine Lyme vaccine? Does everybody infected with Lyme also get co-infections? These are some of the listener questions we attempt to answer in this Bonus episode. It's the Lyme AMA!

    Patient Zero is sponsored by Ben’s. Click here to learn more or go to https://bens30.com/patientzero

    • 43 min
    BONUS: Patient Otzi

    BONUS: Patient Otzi

    The earliest known case of Lyme disease? Or the problem with correcting the
    record?

    Patient Zero is sponsored by Ben’s. Click here to learn more or go to https://bens30.com/patientzero

    • 15 min
    BONUS: Horses & Zebras

    BONUS: Horses & Zebras

    The origin of ulcers. The rise and fall of a medical recommendation.
    Certainty and science.

    Patient Zero is sponsored by Ben’s. Click here to learn more or go to https://bens30.com/patientzero

    • 17 min
    EP 7: The Reservoir

    EP 7: The Reservoir

    Society inadvertently engineers an epidemic. Scientists debate whether or not to engineer a solution.
     
     Learn more at patientzeropodcast.com

    • 51 min
    Ep 6: The Non-A Non-B

    Ep 6: The Non-A Non-B

    An ambiguous case with no easy answers. Another growing epidemic, and an ethics question that might help explain Lymeworld.
    To get access to bonus episodes as well as early access to our regular episodes, click here. 

    • 47 min
    Bonus – LYMErix

    Bonus – LYMErix

    In the late 90s you could get vaccinated against Lyme. Now you can't. What gives?
     
    To get access to other bonus episodes, as well as early access to our regular episodes, click here. 

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

applezmoi ,

Brilliant Audio Journalism

This podcast produced by New Hampshire Public Radio is a deep dive look at Lyme disease; its history, origins, but also the precariousness that comes with the diagnosis. Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that causes symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, skin rash, and when left untreated heart, nerve, and joint issues. I didn’t know there could be so much “controversy” around a disease. I thought in the medical profession that there were knowns and unknowns but I guess it makes sense there are things up for debate. This podcast confronts this and so much more like misinformation of this understudied illness. No matter what you’re into, this podcast touches it a bit. It listens like true crime but instead of crooks, the offenders are bacteria. This being said I don’t think the show is gross when it comes to the medical details at all. The eight-part series has three really great bonus episodes but they should all be listened to in order. It’s chocked-full of compelling reporting and solid production quality which comes as no surprise seeing how it came from the same team that produced Bear Brook. Host and reporter, Taylor Quimby, is also a senior producer for NHPR’s widely popular Outside/In podcast and comes to Patient Zero with personal experience. In 2017, Quimby had his own confrontation with the infection which he speaks about lightly throughout the pod. The search for answers about the condition was a major motivation for the show. Apple podcasts have 4.1 stars and 1,300 ratings. It was also named one of the best listens of 2019 by the same. Average episode length is 33 minutes and the music is discreet. The script involves some interviews and the host narrating the story of the disease. Sound effects were barely noticeable to me but bothered some. Trigger warnings for hopelessness and medical scenarios.

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Bluerose_5 ,

Stellar podcast!

This podcast was amazing. I listened to all the episodes in about 2 sittings. I was extremely interested right from the beginning and my interest never wavered. The host presents information in a very easy-to-understand manner and it’s easy to follow. Not only does this podcast talk about a disease, but it also includes a bit of epidemiological information about the spread of the disease and its history. I am really hoping that this podcast comes out with a second season because I am now a dedicated fan!

pipsy_the_gypsy ,

Dangerous one sided agenda

Dr Wine isn’t a quack. To not even give both sides to this “objective” podcast is so disappointing from a public radio. I’m not a conspiracy theorist or a Q Trumper or anything. But to disregard alternative therapies that I know first hand, actually do have positive effects on Lyme, is ridiculous. This is very upsetting and pushing a dangerous narrative. Do real research about Lyme and explain why the government doesn’t recognize it as a disease. Or cover the studies that show 100% of the cadavers that had MS tested positive for Lyme. Not in all, but in this instance to blindly trust only what the CDC says about this disease is a dangerous spreading of one sided information. And pushing a very subjective narrative. This podcast should be removed.

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