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
Bad headache and temperature
Dislike of light
Loss of consciousness
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