Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail JarrowIn March 1907, the lives of three remarkable people collided at a New York City brownstone where Mary Mallon worked as a cook. They were brought together by typhoid fever, a dreaded scourge that killed tens of thousands of Americans each year. Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary is the first middle-grade trade book that tells the true story of the woman who unwittingly spread deadly bacteria, the epidemiologist who discovered her trail of infection, and the health department that decided her fate. This gripping story follows this tragic disease as it shatters lives from the early twentieth century to today. It will keep readers on the edges of the seats wondering what happened to Mary and the innocent typhoid victims. With glossary, timeline, list of well-known typhoid sufferers and victims, further resource section, author’s note, and source notes.
10 Things You May Not Know About “Typhoid Mary”
Typhoid and paratyphoid fevers are systemic diseases caused by the bacteria Salmonella typhi and Salmonella paratyphi, respectively. Humans are the only reservoir for Salmonella typhi which is the most serious , whereas Salmonella paratyphi also has animal reservoirs. Humans can carry the bacteria in the gut for very long times chronic carriers , and transmit the bacteria to other persons either directly or via food or water contamination. After weeks incubation period, a disease characterised by high fever, malaise, cough, rash and enlarged spleen develops. Diarrhoea may be present at some stage.
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Epidemiology, risk factors, and disease burden
Typhoid , also called typhoid fever , is an illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi. The disease is spread through water which has the Salmonella Typhi bacteria in it transmission is by faeco oral route. Typhoid usually lasts between two weeks and a month. The disease can be treated with antibiotics. If no treatment is given, between one and three out of every ten patients die.
Her real name was Mary Mallon. She was born on September 23, , in Cookstown, a small village in the north of Ireland. Only three confirmed deaths were linked to Typhoid Mary. Mallon was presumed to have infected 51 people, and three of those illnesses resulted in death. In , New Yorker Tony Labella reportedly caused two outbreaks that combined for more than cases and five deaths. She emigrated from Ireland as a teenager.
Different Types of Vaccines. Vaccines are made using several different processes. Explore the features of attenuated, inactivated, subunit, and conjugate vaccines. First typhoid inoculation. Army Medical School, March, Typhoid fever is a bacterial disease caused by Salmonella typhi. While rare in industrialized countries, typhoid fever is a significant threat in some low-income countries.