March 9, 1999 |
The Food and Drug Administration announced a voluntary nationwide recall of some frozen mamey products, after the fruit was linked to a typhoid fever outbreak that has sickened at least 13 people in South Florida. The agency urged customers who bought frozen mamey under the El Sembrador and La Fe brands to return it for a refund. Mamey is a tropical fruit often used to make shakes, called batidos.
September 17, 1986
Four women who ate at the same McDonald's restaurant have been diagnosed as having typhoid fever, health officials said. The women all ate shrimp salad at a McDonald's restaurant in Silver Spring, Md. "We feel pretty confident that this was just one McDonald's and not all of them," said Ray Feldman of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1987
A new penny-a-dose vaccine can largely prevent typhoid fever, one of the world's most common diseases, without causing side effects that have undermined earlier efforts at controlling the illness, researchers say. In tests in Nepal, the vaccine was 75% effective in stopping the disease, a major cause of fever and death in many parts of the world.
May 31, 1991 |
Typhoid fever and malnutrition are spreading in Iraq because of water-supply disruptions and shortages of food, especially baby formula, international relief organizations say. U.N. sanctions imposed on Iraq last August are eroding health and nutrition by preventing the import of enough anti-typhoid drugs, chlorine for water purification and basic foodstuffs for its 18 million people, they say.
January 30, 2005 |
When Los Angeles resident Elias Ferrer flew back to his native Philippines in 2001, he didn't take any precautions against malaria, though the disease is present in rural areas there. "It was an emergency trip," says Ferrer, 54, who was traveling to a funeral. Though he didn't get sick, if Ferrer were to return now with any of his four children, ages 10 to 21, all of them would follow a preventive regimen such as taking antimalarial pills, he says. Many U.S. immigrants, however, don't take such precautions when they return to their homelands.
September 2, 2002 |
If the woman in this picture has a sour expression, who can blame her? For 26 years, she was held captive on a small island in New York's East River. Health officials kept her there because they said she was making people sick--a charge that the woman, Mary Mallon, viewed as utterly outrageous. She'd never hurt a fly, she insisted. She'd merely tried to earn a living as a cook. Mary Mallon was the original "Typhoid Mary," one of the first identified healthy carriers of a disease.