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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Typhoid Mary

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“Typhoid Mary” was a real historical person who became notorious in the early 1900s. She was an Irish woman named Mary Mallon who immigrated to the United States in the 1880s. Though she had no symptoms of typhoid fever, she carried the bacteria in her blood and could pass it on to other people. Because no doctor could convince her that this was true and she didn’t feel sick, she insisted on working as a cook. During her career, she infected at least 51 people, three of whom died, before she was isolated in enforced quarantine for the last decades of her life.


Debbie said...

interesting!! people can carry the covid gem before they show symptoms, but you will never convince them of that. i thought i had a cold when i went for my covid test, never expecting it to be positive. but it was and i got really sick. the point being, i might have gone food shopping with a cold and spread it to others. now i am off on a tangent...sorry!!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That is very interesting considering the times we live in.

Mari said...

I never knew her story. Very interesting!

Granny Annie said...

How many people around us these days are COVID carriers and don't care.