1. ITV Report

Cumbrian mother urges people to be 'meningitis aware'

A Carlisle mother is encouraging everyone to Be MeningitisWise during Meningitis Awareness Week (17-23 September) and to know the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia as she has first-hand experience of the disease.

Anne Glendinning's teenage daughter, Sally, died of the disease. She thinks if she was more aware of the symptoms her daughter's life could have been saved. Sitting alongside her other daughter Laura, she explained to ITV Border what happened.

Sally's family have set up the Sally Glendinning Meningitis Fund to raise money in her memory. Her mother explained why raising awareness is important to them. Her sister Laura explained how she hopes their efforts can stop other families going through what theirs has.

Advice from meningitis UK say that It is important to remember that not everyone gets all of the symptoms and they can appear in any order. In the early stages of both diseases, symptoms can also often appear flu-like.

MENINGITIS SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

  • CLASSIC SYMPTOMS:
  • A headache
  • Stiff Neck
  • Dislike of bright light
  • OTHER SYMPTOMS
  • Difficulty supporting own weight
  • fever
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Confusion and drowsiness

MENINGICOCCAL SEPTICAEMIA SYMPTOMS (The symptoms of Pneumococcal meningitis are the same)

  • COMMON SYMPTOMS
  • Aching limbs (particularly leg pain)
  • Cold hands and feet
  • A rash which starts like pin prick spots and develops rapidly into purple bruising.
  • OTHER SYMPTOMS
  • Difficulty supporting weight
  • Fever
  • Vomiting and Diarrhoea
  • Confusion and drowsiness
  • difficulty breathing
  • change in skin colour

For more information on meningitis click here