Typhoid Mary

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United States cook who was an immune carrier of typhoid fever and who infected dozens of people (1870-1938)

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Thanks to the advent of new drugs, HIV is one of the rare, fatal infectious diseases that can now exist in people who are largely healthy, potentially creating thousands of Typhoid Marys to keep the virus alive and kicking in new victims.
When officials traced more infections back to her, and she refused to cooperate with their infection-control efforts, the health director sent her back to the island for the rest of her life, where she became the famous Typhoid Mary.
We called them the Typhoid Marys of the paranoia that had become our chronic national neurosis encouraging adversarialism and gridlock.
I have called them the Typhoid Marys of the chronic paranoia that has become our national affliction.
As we put it in 1974, if paranoia is the major mental disorder of America, lawyers are its Typhoid Marys.