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How was the Irish disease (or typhus) cured in 1817?

i am writing a book and one of the characters gets sick, but she needs to live. so i need to know how typhus, a.k.a. the Irish disease, is cured. Thx!

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I don't think there would have been any cure for typhus in the 1800s - typhus epidemics wiped out hundreds of thousands of people from all sections of society.

The vaccinations that can prevent typhus and courses of antibiotics that can cure it (if taken correctly and soon enough) weren't invented until after WWI. Even then it was still a massive killer and is still a danger in many parts of the world today.

Maybe people could just be *afraid* she has typhus because of the epidemic but she actually has a less deadly disease with some similar symptoms? Or she might simply be very fortunate and survive?

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That is a really good idea! so maybe she just got really cold and got the sypmtoms. like her toes and fingertips were really cold! Thank you soo much!!
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I'm guessing it was cured by some type of serum.

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Thank you! that is really helpful :)
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Typhus is NOT the Irish disease. If you are going to write about a real disease, you need to educate yourself about what it is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhus

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I researched it, an it said that The Irish disease was mostly likely typhus. so maybe it's not, but that is the information i got off off many websites.
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