Meningitis winter warning

Charity Meningitis Now is warning people to stay vigilant to the signs and symptoms of the disease.

With people spending more time indoors with friends and family, it means germs are spread more easily, warns the charity. It’s also the time of year when people suffer with colds and flu, our immune systems are usually lower. Meningitis can kill within hours..
Each year there are 3200 cases of bacterial meningitis in the UK – leaving 10 per cent of sufferers dead and a third of those who survive with after-effects such as brain injury, loss of hearing and sight and, where septicaemia has occurred, loss of limbs and scarring. Sue Davie, chief executive of Meningitis Now, said Meningitis is a difficult disease to spot as many of its early symptoms can be similar to flu. She said: “These symptoms can include fever with cold hands and feet, vomiting, headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright light, joint or muscle pain, pale blotchy skin, drowsiness, confusion and, in babies, a dislike of being handled, an unusual cry, rapid breathing and bulging fontanelle. "Both adults and children may have a rash that does not fade under pressure, but advice from Meningitis Now is not to wait for a rash to develop before seeking medical attention. "Symptoms can appear in any order and some may not appear at all."
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