Feb 262015
 

Typhoid Mary

Typhoid Mary

Mary Mallon AKA Typhoid Mary, was held in quarantine for how many years?
A. 1
B. 3
C. 23
D. 26

Recently, my Inns of Court group gave a presentation on the law of Quarantine. Through vignettes set on a BART train, we explored how the ancient law of quarantine is applied to our modern society. We touched on the world history of quarantine, bringing it to our present day and community. The players were Judge Joyce Cram, Ret., Commissioner Don Green, Ret., Nancy Allard, Wally Hesseltine, Kristen Howe, Rodney Marraccini, Lisa Mendes, Jennifer Sommer and myself.

Here is a sample of the interesting information we studied. For an automatic reminder of the next question and answer please subscribe to my blog on my Home Page. See “Receive Free Tips & Updates” in the lower right-hand corner.

Mary Mallon AKA Typhoid Mary, was held in quarantine for how many years?
A. 1
B. 3
C. 23
D. 26
Mary Mallon was initially detained for 3 years, until her release in 1910, at which time she promised not to work as a cook. She violated that agreement, and in 1915 was again apprehended, and spent another 23 years in quarantine, until her death from an unrelated stroke.

Answer: D – 26 years total.

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