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Typhoid Mary

Typhoid Mary Biography

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ABOUT
Irish-born cook who had asymptomatic typhoid fever and managed to infect 49 people during her culinary career. She died in isolation after spending nearly three decades in a government-mandated quarantine.
BEFORE FAME
She worked as a cook in New York City during the first decade of the 1900s.

FAMILY LIFE
She was born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States at age fourteen.
ASSOCIATED WITH
She was the inspiration for the villain in Stan Lee's comic book Daredevil.
TRIVIA
She never believed that she carried typhoid fever because, despite sickening many other people, she never showed any symptoms of the disease herself.

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