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Bacteria Study Offers Clues to Typhoid Mary Mystery

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Scientists are one step closer to explaining how Typhoid Mary could have infected dozens of New Yorkers over a 12-year career as a cook, killing at least three, without having ever been sick herself.

A new study by scientists at Stanford University’s medical school, published this month in Cell Host & Microbe, sheds more light on how Salmonella typhi, the bacteria that cause typhoid fever, hide in the body.

Typhoid outbreaks are now rare in wealthy countries with flush toilets, but in poor ones where raw sewage flows in gutters, there may be up to 20 million annual cases causing 200,000 deaths.

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