Typhoid in History

Historical Events

  • 1903-04-14 Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (NYC)

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1907-06-15 Researcher George Soper publishes the results of his investigation into recent typhoid outbreaks in the New York area and announces that Mary Mallon [Typhoid Mary] is the likely source of the outbreak

  • 1910-02-19 Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is freed from her first periods of forced isolation and goes on to cause several further outbreaks of typhoid in the New York area
  • 1915-03-27 Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is arrested and returned to quarantine on North Brother Island, New York after spending five years evading health authorities and causing several further outbreaks of typhoid

Famous Birthdays


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1869-09-23 Mary Mallon, Irish-American patient ('Typhoid Mary') 1st person in the US known to be immune to typhoid, and carrier of the disease (infected at least 51 people in New York City), born in Cookstown, Ireland (d. 1938)

  • 1870-08-17 Frederick Russell, developed 1st successful typhoid fever vaccine

Famous Deaths


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1793-07-23 Roger Sherman, American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence), dies of typhoid fever at 72

Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman
Founding Father of the United States
Roger Sherman

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1818-10-28 Abigail Adams, 2nd first lady (1797-1801), dies of typhoid fever at 73

2nd First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States
Abigail Adams

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1828-11-19 Franz Schubert, Austrian composer (Die schöne Müllerin), dies at 31 from typhoid fever

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert
  • 1834-10-10 Thomas Say, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology, dies from typhoid fever at 47
  • 1871-07-17 Carl Tausig, Polish pianist and composer, dies of typhoid at 29
  • 1935-11-02 Jock "Herbie" Cameron [Horace Brakenridge Cameron], South African cricket keeper (captain), dies of typhoid at 30

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1938-11-11 Mary Mallon, Irish-American patient best known as 'Typhoid Mary' and the first person in the United States known to be immune to typhoid, dies at 69