MENINGITIS: the signs
MENINGITIS and septicaemia are deadly diseases that can kill in hours.
Meningitis is the inflammation of the protective covering around the brain and spinal cord. Septicaemia is the blood poisoning form of the disease.
Meningitis and septicaemia can cause a variety of symptoms. Not everyone gets every symptom, and different kinds of meningitis may cause different symptoms.
Symptoms are less obvious in babies and young children.
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According to the Meningitis Research Foundation, things to look out for are:
Fever and/or vomiting
Pale or mottled skin
Breathing fast or breathlessness
Rash anywhere on the body
Dislike of bright lights
Very sleepy /vacant /difficult to wake
Seizures (fits) may also be seen