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March 27, 2020

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Quarantines Through History

Mary Mallon was an Irish-born cook who immigrated to New York City in the 1880s. She carried the bacteria that causes typhus but was apparently immune to it herself. City officials finally traced sporatic cases of typhus to Mallon. In 1907, “Typhoid Mary” was placed in quarantine at North Brother Island in the East River, near Rikers Island and what is now LaGuardia Airport.

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