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Typhoid Mary

Born Mary Mallon in Ireland 1869 and died 1938 in NYC. Mary’s mother contracted typhoid during pregnancy, so Mary was born a carrier for typhoid fever, Salmonella typhi, though she remained in perfect health. She worked in NYC as a household cook for various families and a hospital, moving on when people died. Estimates vary on how many people died, anywhere 6 to 50 people. She may have been responsible for a NYC outbreak, and spent many years in quarantine.

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Typhoid Mary

Typhoid Mary AKA Mary Mallon (September 23, 1869 – November 11, 1938) was from Ireland but worked in New York. She was an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever—she carried the bacteria but did not come down with the disease. Working as a cook, she is known to have given 51 people the disease, killing 3. But she changed her name and moved frequently—she is believed to have killed about 50 people. She spent the last 30 years of her life in quarantine. Not to be confused with Bloody Mary. (photo: wearing a dark top)

 

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