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Typhoid Mary- A lady quarantined for about 23 years

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In Early 20th century, before finding a vaccine for typhoid , there was an Irish born woman Mary Mallon, short named as Typhoid Mary, who believed to be spread the Typhoid flu to about 53 people and the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the disease.She was twice forcibly quarantined by authorities, and died after a total of nearly three decades in isolation.

Mary had been migrating to different countries by dreaming a brighter future of her. During her teenage she landed on America, where she started her cooking carrier. She worked almost all of the richest family of New York as a cook , she was not only the cook of there but she had to took the role of a manager too.Peach ice cream was Mary ‘s masterpiece.

From 1900-1907 Mary used to work in 8 different houses. There occurred a mysterious incident in each of these houses in that period, all of them contracted with Typhoid fever. But the fun was that , she would disappear soon from there after the emerge of the disease.

In late 1906, Mary was hired by Walter Bowen, whose family lived on Park Avenue. Their maid got sick on January 23, 1907, and soon Charles Warren’s only daughter got typhoid and died. This case helped to identify Mary as the source of the infections. George Soper, an investigator hired by Warren after the outbreak in Oyster Bay, had been trying to determine the cause of typhoid outbreaks in well-to-do families, when it was known that the disease typically struck in unsanitary environments. He discovered that a female Irish cook, who fit the physical description he had been given, was involved in all of the outbreaks.

But he was unable to locate her because of her sudden disappearance after the outbreak. Soper then learned of an active outbreak in a penthouse on Park Avenue and discovered Mary was the cook. Two of the household's servants were hospitalized, and the daughter of the family died of typhoid.

Soper requested for her samples to test. She refused to give samples first. But later she agreed . The massive amounts of typhoid bacteria discovered from her stool samples indicated that the infection centre is in her gallbladder.

In 1907 she got quarantined in a bare, desperate area in North Brother Island. Mary herself never believed that she was a carrier. Her later sample test results in negative. She released from quarantine in 1910.

In 1915 , Mary Mallon started working at Sloane Hospital in New York city. Soon 25 people were infected, and two died. Soper again charged the investigation and he detected Mary as the servant of there. Mary again sentenced quarantine. This time she quarantined for about 23 years. But the samples still showed that she is negative.

The mystery was that , then who was the source of outbreak, finally announced that the masterpiece item of Mary , peach ice cream was the real cause of the outbreak. That the a combination of peach ice cream and Mary ‘s poor hand washing likely sparked typhoid fever outbreak.






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