The bacteria only rarely give rise to meningococcal disease, but when they do infection spreads rapidly and is fatal in about 10% of cases. If disease is diagnosed early and treated promptly most people make a full recovery.
About 1 in 8 people who recover experience some long term effects. These can include headaches, stiffness in the joints, epileptic fits, deafness and learning difficulties.
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Despite the sunshine in short supply in the places the next few days - it stays warm and a little humid and close in places.
The surfer was at a popular tourist beach in Costa Rica when the crocodile attacked and bit him several times in the leg and head.
After a mild and quiet night, the best of the sunshine will be across the south east.