Posted in Young Adult Nonfiction

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary, by Gail Jarrow

22825553Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary
Gail Jarrow
2015 by Calkins Creek
ISBN – 9781620915974
Genre – Nonfiction
Age – High School, Middle School
4 Stars

Typhoid Mary is a legend, unfortunately for her. This book discusses the disease of typhoid fever, how it is spread, what the symptoms are, and particularly large outbreaks in history. It focuses on cases and outbreaks that were contracted by a cook in the 19th century. She was very elusive, she didn’t stay at any job for too long. Somehow, the wealthy families that she worked for seemed to fall ill with the disease. When Mary was finally tracked down, the medical officials were very surprised by what they found. Despite the fact that she was a carrier of typhoid fever, she was not and had never been sick with the disease. I thought this was a great telling of the story. It was interesting, it was mysterious, and it was sad. The pictures really helped paint the picture of the times and the settings. It was especially of interest to me, because I actually had typhoid fever as a young girl!

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