Winter appeal against Meningitis

Meningitis charities are issuing warnings during the winter months for people to look out for the symptoms of the disease.

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Meningitis: The symptoms

Symptoms of the disease are often mistaken to be those of flu Credit: Meningitis UK

People are being urged to look out more closely for the symptoms of meningitis during the winter months.

There is often a rise in the number of cases of meningitis over the winter period, and symptoms may be mistaken for those of the flu bug.

Symptoms of meningitis, and its blood poisoning form septacaemia, include:

  • Similar to cold and flu but gets worse very quickly

  • Stiff neck

  • Bad headache and temperature

  • Dislike of light

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Rash

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