June 15, 1907

On June 15, 1907 researcher, George Soper, published the results of his investigation in the typhoid outbreaks in the New York area. He announced that Mary Mallon, a cook, was the likely source. It very rapidly became clear that Ms. Mallon was a carrier of the disease and became known as Typhoid Mary. Anti-vaxxers years later protested the harsh treatment of Mary; especially not allowing her to work as a cook for families where she could spread the disease and eventually forcing her to live in a hospital away from others so she couldn’t infect and kill them. The anti-vaxxers claimed that Big Pharma at the time lied and that Typhoid could be easily cured with some essential oils and thoughts and prayers.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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