UK becomes 'meningitis hotspot'

Bacterial meningitis kills more children under five in the UK than any other infectious disease, a study by leading meningitis charities has found.

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Meningitis: What are the symptoms?

The UK has some of the highest rates of bacterial meningitis in Europe, charities have warned.

Around six families a week lose a loved one to meningitis, with as many as one in ten of those infected likely to die.

A new campaign is urging families to be more aware of meningitis symptoms:

Early symptoms

  • Severe headache
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Fever
  • Vomiting (being sick)
  • Feeling generally unwell

Later symptoms

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Seizures or fits
  • Being unable to tolerate bright lights
  • A stiff neck
  • A rapid breathing rate
  • A blotchy red rash that does not fade or change colour when you place a glass against it

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Six people die from meningitis each week in the UK

Bacterial meningitis kills more children under five in the UK than any other infectious disease, a study has found.

UK is a 'meningitis hotspot', leading charities have warned Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The UK is one of the top three meningitis hotspots in Europe, with six people dying from it each week, leading meningitis charities said.

The charities are calling for parents to learn the signs and symptoms so they can act fast if they suspect their child has it.

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