Where better to test cultures of anthrax, typhoid, plague and tularemia than on an island in a sea in the middle of the desert?
Cholera and typhoid were rampant and overseers used pick handles to physically force miners into the shafts.
Imagine clicking on the TV and catching a show called Cooking with typhoid Mary.
1800, literally "resembling typhus," from typhus + suffix from Greek -oeides "like," from eidos "form, shape" (see -oid). The noun is from 1861, a shortened form of typhoid fever (1845), so called because it was originally thought to be a variety of typhus. Typhoid Mary (1909) was Mary Mallon (d.1938), a typhoid carrier who worked as a cook and became notorious after it was learned she had unwittingly infected hundreds in U.S.
typhoid ty·phoid (tī'foid')
Typhoid fever. adj. ty·phoi·dal (tī-foid'l)
Of, relating to, or resembling typhoid fever.