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On This Day… Typhoid Mary!

Written by: George Chittenden : 02 Jul 2019

It was on this day, 19th February, back in 1910 when Mary Mallon was released from quarantine and returned to mainland America. Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary, was the first person in America to be identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever.

Mary Mallon

Mary Mallon

After spending several years in quarantine, the New York State Commissioner of Health, decided that disease carriers should no longer be kept in isolation, allowing Mallon to be freed if she agreed to stop working as a cook and take steps to prevent transmitting typhoid to others.

Unfortunately, she caused another major outbreak and was returned to quarantine on March 27th, 1915. In total she infected fifty-one people, three of whom died. It’s hard to imagine how difficult her life would have been. Typhoid Mary died after spending nearly three decades in isolation.

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