College President Charles D. McIver and other administrators, struggled mightily to contain the virus and to ensure the continuation of the school. However, in 1899 there was no simple cure for the illness. The only methods for treating patients and reducing the spread of the virus was to quarantine the sick, disinfect surrounding surfaces, and to provide comforting relief efforts. One of McIver’s first steps was to close down the school until he felt the disease has been eradicated from the campus. He then authorized the cleansing of the Brick Dormitory and surrounding buildings to prevent future outbreaks. This included discarding all of the beds with wooden head and food boards, as well as all mattresses. In addition, all of the woodwork and walls were disinfected using harsh chemical products such as formaldehyde which left a lingering odor.
The financial cost of containing the disease was expensive with repairs and replacements totaling above $8,000. A recently received $5000 grant from the North Carolina State General Assembly that was supposed to be used to build a much needed new gymnasium was divert to help cover expenses. As a result, the College went into debt and did not fully recover financially until 1908.
In the United States today, there is very little concern about typhoid fever because of the increase in sanitation standards. In addition, the treatment for the illness is antibiotics, which can quickly contain the fever and help prevent death.