Typhoid Mary

Typhoid Mary
Someone who by force of circumstances serves as the source from which something undesirable spreads. Typhoid Mary was a cook named Mary Mallon who had immigrated from Ireland and was living in New York City in the early 1900s. She had been exposed to typhoid and become a carrier for the bacteria (Salmonella) responsible for typhoid fever. After a number of people who ate dishes Mary had prepared developed typhoid, health officials identified her as the source. They quarantined her to stop the spread of the disease (this being well before antibiotics were available). Mary was released from quarantine after 3 years on the condition that she not work again as a cook. In 1915 there was an outbreak of typhoid at a maternity hospital in New York. Mary Mallon was found to be the source; she was working there as a cook. She was returned to quarantine until she died in 1938. The name Typhoid Mary has become synonymous in medicine with a carrier who is responsible for widely spreading an infectious disease.

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  • Typhoid Mary — ☆ Typhoid Mary n. [orig. nickname for Mary Mallon (died 1938), typhoid carrying cook in New York] 1. a person who is a carrier of typhoid 2. a person who spreads any kind of disease, infection, or corruption …   English World dictionary

  • Typhoid Mary — noun count an insulting word for someone you avoid because they spread something unpleasant or harmful to the people around them …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Typhoid Mary — For the fictional character, see Typhoid Mary (comics). Mary Mallon Born September 23, 1869(1869 09 23) Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland Died November 11, 1938(1938 11 11) (aged 69) …   Wikipedia

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  • Typhoid Mary — Unter „Typhoid Mary“ kann Folgendes verstanden werden: Übername (daher das Setzen in Anführungs und Schlusszeichen) der selbst immunen Typhusüberträgerin Mary Mallon. Der Terminus „Typhoid Mary“ hat inzwischen – ausgehend vom historischen Fall –… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Typhoid Mary — noun United States cook who was an immune carrier of typhoid fever and who infected dozens of people (1870 1938) • Syn: ↑Mallon, ↑Mary Mallon • Instance Hypernyms: ↑carrier, ↑immune carrier * * * Typhoid Mary [Typhoid Mary] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Typhoid Mary — noun (plural Typhoid Marys) Etymology: Typhoid Mary, nickname of Mary Mallon died 1938 Irish cook in United States who was found to be a typhoid carrier Date: 1931 one that is by force of circumstances a center from which something undesirable… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Typhoid Mary — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms Typhoid Mary : singular Typhoid Mary plural Typhoid Marys an insulting word for someone who you avoid because they spread something unpleasant or harmful to the people around them • Etymology: From an Irish… …   English dictionary

  • Typhoid Mary (comics) — Typhoid Mary Typhoid Mary, on the cover for Daredevil vol. 2 #46 Art by Alex Maleev Publication information Publisher …   Wikipedia

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