By: Megan Uden
Typhoid Fever can be prevented in many ways. If a person is traveling out of the country, the typhoid vaccine should be given before leaving. The vaccine does not guarantee the disease will be prevented; therefore, washing hands before handling foods and after going to the bathroom is important. Drinking bottled water is encouraged, as well as wiping off the outside of cups. While showering, don't swallow the water. Eating cooked foods rather than raw is also helpful. Fresh foods need to be washed with clean water before eating.
Carriers of the disease need to be extra careful. While they are not sick anymore, the disease can still be spread in their feces for years after it was treated. It is important for them not to infect other people. Keeping hands clean, cleaning furniture often, and not touching others' food is best if you have had the disease. Therefore, if a person is a carrier, they shouldn't be a cook or serve food to others.
- Abdominal Abscess
- Amebic Hepatic Abscesses
- Dengue Fever
- Rickettsial diseases
Mary Mallon, known as "Typhoid Mary," was born in Ireland in 1869. She emigrated to the United States at age 15, and became a cook in New York City. Mary Mallon lived with her aunt and uncle for a while. Then Mary worked for several families. In 1900, Mary worked for a family in New York, but after two weeks they developed Typhoid Fever. Then Mary decided to move to Manhattan. She worked as a cook and everyone suddenly developed diarrhea and fevers, and the laundress died. Mary then worked for a lawyer, but soon 7 of 8 people in that house became sick. Typhoid Mary was taken to jail because people thought she had been causing the illnesses. She was tested, even though she did not believe she was the cause of multiple cases of Typhoid Fever.
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