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The similarities with the 1964 Aberdeen typhoid outbreak

Coronavirus: The similarities with 1964 Aberdeen typhoid outbreak

Washing your hands, social isolation, and lost business - the 1964 typhoid outbreak in Aberdeen had many similarities to the current coronavirus crisis.

The Granite City was brought to its knees by the largest typhoid outbreak in recent British history.

More than 500 people of all ages had to be quarantined in hospital. Most patients spent many weeks there until they were allowed home.

The outbreak was contained without a single related death.

The infection was eventually traced back to a single tin of Argentinean corned beef sold in a supermarket.