10 Things You May Not Know about Typhoid Mary

Eliza | 08 - 05 - 2020
10 Things You May Not Know about Typhoid Mary

Typhoid Mary an Irish immigrant cook who spread typhoid fever to the families she worked for in New York City and Long Island. Here are some unknown facts about Typhoid Mary.

Who Was Given the Nickname of Typhoid Mary?

Mary Mallon who infected about 53 people, in which three of them died with typhoid fever was given the nickname of Typhoid Mary by the New York American in 1909.

Who Is Typhoid Mary?

Typhoid Mary’s original name is Mary Mallon and was born in 1869 in Ireland and later emigrated to the United States. She is the first person to be identified as being the asymptomatic carrier of the disease typhoid.

1. Typhoid Is Also Known as
  • A. Pneumonic fever
  • B. Hepatic fever
  • C. Vesical fever
  • D. Enteric fever

How Did Typhoid Mary Get Typhoid?

An investigator named George Soper found out that Mary Mallon was the asymptomatic carrier of the typhoid bacterium but it is not clear when she became infected with the disease.

How Did Typhoid Mary Spread the Disease?

Typhoid Mary didn’t show any symptoms of the disease so she kept working as a cook for various wealthy families. Even though she felt fine her body was filled with highly contagious typhoid bacteria and she often served them with her popular dessert “Peach ice cream” for which she used her unsanitized hands.  This reason sparked the typhoid fever outbreak.

Who Found Out That Mary Was Responsible for the Outbreak?

An investigator named George Soper hired by the Warren family who was also victims of the typhoid fever spread by their cook Mary, found out that she is the one who is responsible for the outbreak.

Why Did Typhoid Mary Not Get Sick?

It has been found out that Mary carried the bacteria which spreads typhoid but didn’t show any outward symptoms. As David Schneider, an immunologist at Stanford University said: “Typhoid Mary was a very tolerant host who unfortunately also shed tons of pathogen”.

Did Typhoid Mary Know She Was a Carrier?

Even though doctors told Mary repeatedly that she was an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid which is present in her intestinal tract, bowel muscles, and in her gallbladder, she didn’t believe that she was a carrier.

Why Did Typhoid Mary Keep Cooking?

Mary was a single woman who came from a town called Cookstown, Ireland to America to do household chores and to cook for rich families but didn’t know that she was full of highly contagious typhoid bacteria, so she kept cooking.

What Was the Illustration Form of Mary?

The New York American made an illustration of Typhoid Mary breaking skulls into a frying pan and it is still used across media platforms to spread awareness on sanitization and hygiene.

How Many Years Did Mary Spend in Isolation?

After Mary Mallon escaped from the hospital she got arrested for the second time and later spent almost a quarter of a century in forced isolation until she died at the age of 69 in 1938.

 What Is the History of Typhoid Fever?

Typhoid fever is a disease that has killed almost 200,000 people around the world each year. Later in 1896 at the Army Medical School in Netley, a British bacteriologist named Almroth Edward Wright developed and introduced an effective typhoid vaccine.

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