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Video report: Parents warned over deadly new strain of meningitis

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Parents in the North West are being warned to beware of a new strain of meningitis.

A number of children in our region have already died of it and others have been left with serious medical conditions, as the number of cases of Group W Meningitis has doubled over the past year.

Our correspondent Rob Smith has this report.

Meningitis can kill in hours - know the symptoms

The first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell. Red ticks show symptoms more specific to meningitis and septicaemia and less common in milder illnesses. Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever and/or vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Very sleepy /vacant /difficult to wake
  • Rash(anywhere on the body)
  • Stiff neck(less common in young children)
  • Dislike of bright lights(less common in young children)

For a full list of symptoms and practical diagnosis tips visit: Meningitis.org

Neo-Nazi 'White Pride' group to rally in Manchester City Centre

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A neo-nazi rally is being planned in Manchester City Centre Saturday afternoon to mark ‘White Pride Worldwide Day’.

The event is expected to take place in Piccadilly Gardens at lunchtime.

Police are understood to be expecting between 50 and 70 people at the rally, which has been advertised on the English Defence League website.

Manchester Evening News reports that Manchester City Council council condemn the march.

All of Manchester will condemn the vision and hatred they are bringing to our city and having read some of the scandalous antics they’ve got up to in the past their presence here makes me sick to the stomach.”

– Pat Karney, City Centre spokesman told the Manchester Evening News

For the last two years the march was held in Swansea and last year saw Neo Nazi Darren Clifft jailed after he hung an effigy of a golliwog whilst dressed as a KKK member.

A spokesperson for GMP say they are aware of the march but that they respect everyone's democratic right to protest. They also said they would do everything to ensure the march proceeds peacefully.

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North/South divide in life expectancy

Men have low life expectancy in Blackpool Credit: PA

Men in Blackpool and women in Manchester have worryingly low health life expectancy rates - according to new figures. A report from the Office for National Statistics reveals there's also a clear North South divide

It says men in Wokingham could expect to live 16 years longer in good health than males in Blackpool (71.4 years compared with Blackpool 54.9 years).

For women in Rutland it was 71.3 years compared with Manchester women at 56.8.

Although females could expect to live a longer life, males generally expect to spend a larger proportion of their lives in good general health compared with females.

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