21st July 1969

Typhoid suspect holidaymaker flies home

Amanda Franklin received some shocking news when on holiday in Guernsey. Her local paper, the Birmingham Daily Post, had tracked her down and informed her that she might be carrying typhoid.

There was seemingly some initial confusion as to where, exactly, Amanda was on holiday. On 19 July, under the headline “Holiday girl may have typhoid”, The Times wrote,

Dr David Livington, Medical Officer of Health for Leamington Spa, said yesterday that Miss Amanda Franklin, aged 24, who is touring on the Continent, may be carrying typhoid… Miss Franklin was ill after a previous continental holiday.

This previous illness, which has occurred fairly recently, was of interest to health authorities because, as reported by the Daily Mirror the day before she was located, “it is possible to suffer a mild attack of typhoid and carry the disease afterwards”.

However, Amanda who had been on holiday for just over a week, had started out on Jersey the previous Monday before coming across to Guernsey. She hadn’t seen any papers or listened to the radio, so the news came as a shock. In part, this had been caused by fog keeping the papers away.

“Before flying home, I told Miss Franklin that she was a possible typhoid carrier and that doctors caring for her 30-year-old brother David, ill in hospital with the disease, wanted to see her urgently,” wrote Birmingham Daily Post reporter Michael Ward.

News that her brother, a lieutenant, was ill wasn’t the surprise. Amanda had sent him a get well card – it was what he was suffering from that came as a shock.

Fortunately, initial tests performed when she got home revealed her chances of having the disease were very slim.

What is typhoid?

Also known as typhoid fever, it has a six to 30-day incubation period. It is related to salmonella.

When symptoms appear they initially include abdominal pain, constipation (or diarrhoea), occasional vomiting and, sometimes, rose-coloured spots on the skin. After that, things start to get worse, with a high fever and delirium. The patient’s stools will often turn green and soup-like. In the third week (of the four that an untreated infection usually lasts), the intestines can become perforated and the patient may haemorrhage internally. They can suffer pneumonia and inflammation of the brain.

It’s spread by eating or drinking anything contaminated by the feces of someone else who is already infected. Treatment is usually by means of antibiotics.


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Other events that occured in July

Guernseyman Edward Tupper killed by cannibals 1st
Alderney is occupied by German forces 2nd
Seigneur of Sark, Michael Beaumont, dies aged 88 3rd
Guernsey hosted the Island Games 2003 closing ceremony 4th
New coins are minted for Guernsey 5th
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum opens 6th
Victor Hugo statue is unveiled in Candie Gardens 7th
First Commando raid of the Second World War 8th
Birth of Sark-based writer Mervyn Peake 9th
Guernsey nurses go on hunger strike 10th
ITV broadcasts first episode of Island at War 11th
A Guernsey man posted himself to Sark 12th
Murderer Peter Robin sentenced to death 13th
Victor Hugo plants his United States of Europe oak 14th
Point Law runs aground off Alderney 15th
Racing yacht Westward is blown up off Guernsey
BBC made its first ever Channel Islands broadcast 16th
The Star received some “grave” news 17th
The Guernsey Martyrs were burned at the stake 18th
Prince Charles and Camilla visit Guernsey 19th
President Garcia is re-floated in Saints Bay 20th
Typhoid suspect holidaymaker flies home 21st
Guernsey Controlling Committee’s Sir John Leale died 22nd
Alderney to Guernsey radio connection established 23rd
Val des Terres was first opened for traffic 24th
The BBC broadcasts from Sark for the first time 25th
Guernsey court escapee was caught again 26th
Braye du Valle was gifted by the crown 27th
Murderer sentenced to death in three hours 28th
Guernsey bought Herm from the mainland 29th
Albert Lamy appointed Guernsey Police Chief Officer 30th
Guernsey to Jersey plane crashed into the sea 31st