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What are the symptoms of Meningitis B?

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes Photo: PA

What is Meningitis B?

Meningococcal infections can be extremely serious and cause meningitis and blood-poisoning (septicaemia). This can lead to severe brain damage, amputations and even death.

There are currently around 600 cases of Meningitis B every year in England and Wales, causing around 30 deaths, mainly among children and teenagers. What are the symptoms to look out for in young children?

  • High fever with cold hands and feet
  • Vomiting and refusal to feed
  • Becoming drowsy, floppy and unresponsive
  • Grunting or breathing rapidly
  • An unusual high-pitched or moaning cry
  • A tense, bulging soft spot on their head
  • A stiff neck and dislike of bright lights
  • Convulsions or seizuresClick here for more information