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Typhoid Mary

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Typhoid Mary
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.34

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    cooked-the, large-framed, willfully, oddity, brawny, sewage, unsuccessful, ignorance, laundress, suffering, experimental, civil, better, typhus, confinement, refused
     content words:    Mary Mallon, New York, Long Island, George Soper, Brother Island


Typhoid Mary
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Imagine yourself moving to a new country for a better life. You've gotten yourself a job you are good at and enjoy doing. Then one day without warning, an official comes to your door and accuses you of making others sick with typhoid fever. This is what happened to Mary Mallon.
 
2     Mary Mallon was born in Ireland on September 23, 1869. Like thousands of others from her country, she came to America hoping for a better life. She was about 15 years old when she arrived in New York. Little is known of her life in America until the turn of century.
 
3     By 1900, Mary had established a reputation for being an excellent cook. She was a large-framed woman with a feisty temper and a habit of keeping to herself. In those days most well-to-do families had cooks that worked in the homes. The large cities like New York were extremely hot in the summer and became hot beds of disease due to poor sewage facilities and poor nutrition. Everyone who could, spent summers on the shore or in the country.
 
4     In the summer of 1907, Mary moved with the Warren family to a rented home on Long Island. Near the end of the summer, one of the daughters came down with typhoid fever, and eventually six out of the eleven people in the house got sick.

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