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She now communicates only by blinking: the mother warning of the dangers of meningitis in adults

A woman from Northamptonshire is campaigning to warn others of the devastating effects of meningitis in adults.

Melanie Hook from Kettering contracted the disease at the age of 31. It left her so paralysed she can only communicate by blinking.

She and her family are supporting a national campaign to raise awareness that the illness can strike adults just as hard as children.

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Mother warns of meningitis danger six years after daughter's death

A mother from Soham in Cambridgeshire is warning other parents about the dangers of meningitis - as she prepares to mark what would have been her daughter's 10th birthday.

Amelie Clipson-Smith was just three-and-a-half years old when she was suddenly taken ill. She died within 12 hours.

Claire McGlasson went to meet her mother, Sally Clipson.

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Parents speak about meningitis death

The parents of a Northamptonshire toddler who died from meningitis just hours after he was taken ill are trying to raise awareness of the speed at which the illness can take hold.

Three year old Jayden Nel went to sleep last Thursday as usual, but woke up being sick. His Mum discovered a rash and took him to hospital but he lost consciousness on the way.

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Grieving mother warns of the dangers of meningitis

Joe (left) and Ryan (right) died 20 years apart from meningitis Credit: ITV Anglia

A woman from Norfolk who lost both her sons to meningitis is warning other parents to look out for symptoms of the disease.

Gina Weston's sons Joe and Ryan died twenty years apart of the bacterial form of the disease.

The symptoms are often flu-like and can include a stiff neck and red rash, if not treated quickly it can kill in just 4 hours.

Most children are now vaccinated against some forms of the disease - but there is no vacine against meningitis B - the more deadly bacterial form.

Gina Weston is warning other parents of the dangers of meningitis Credit: ITV Anglia

Gina said: "It was awful, it was devastating. You just expect to go into your baby's room in the morning and pick them up and carry on as normal you don't expect two hours later to be having your child christened and having to say goodbye."

Each year about 3,400 people contract the disease - one in ten of them will die, research shows that those under 4 and between 15-24 are at most risk.

Many of the symptoms of meningitis are flu-like; they include a fever, bad headache, confusion, a stiff neck and an aversion to bright light.

A rash which doesn't fade when pressure is applied is also an indicator - but patients won't necessarily have all the symptoms.