Really? Yes, really. Aside from carrying nasty diseases, these creatures are considered great eating in many parts of the world, West Africa included. In fact, this blogger’s Internet searches yielded recipes for Fruit bat soup and stewed Cane rat, as well as an awareness that smoked monkey is readily found all over rural Africa — to eat.
Bowing to public pressure, New York City’s Health Department told Mary Mallon that she could be free if she returned for periodic examinations and did not work as a cook. She agreed and on February 20, 1910, was released and soon disappeared to continue her spread of typhoid in New York.