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Unformatted text preview: TYPHOID MARY: THE THYPOID PERSPECTIVE 1 TYPHOID MARY: THE THYPOID PERSPECTIVE AMERICAN MILITARY UNIVERSITY QUARANTINE EM 632 The NOVA video “Typhoid Mary” is the description of a series of events that portrait our society in the beginning of the 20 th century, the video shows a series of mistakes and actions perpetrated by a Typhoid carrier, Mary Mallon, and the erroneous approach to the problem by the Government. It is very important to understand that many of typhoid victims were casualties of poor, filthy life conditions, and victims of the government lack of proper resources to attack the poor living conditions, or properly quarantine. It was impossible for the health authorities to be successful just combating the disease at the symptoms level. Also, it is very important to cite the infestation of society by typhoid carriers, like Mary Mallon or “Typhoid Mary”. Typhoid fever or enteric fever is disease caused by the bacteria Salmonella Typhi. This bacteria can be encountered anywhere in the world, and transmission is associated by ingestion of food or water contaminated with feces, urine or bodily fluid from a person contaminated by the bacteria. After contamination of an individual the bacteria will multiply in the blood stream and are it will be absorbed into the digestive system, and it will be eliminated becoming contaminated waste. The typhoid symptoms will appear after an incubation period that can last from 10 to 20 days, and the symptoms will be manifested with chills, heavy sweating, high fever, coughing, slow heart rate, weakness, diarrhea, headaches, muscle pain, stomach pain, rash spots, loss of hair and “extreme symptoms such as intestinal perforation or hemorrhage, delusions and...
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