Matthew was three and a half when he contracted suspected bacterial meningitis in 2009. While...

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Meningitis can often result in tragic death, deafness, loss of limbs, brain damage or other neurological disabilities. Sadly, those most affected include infants, adolescents and young adults. 

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Every second counts - if you are concerned about a friend or family member and think their symptoms may be meningitis, seek the advice of a medical professional immediately.

Symptoms of Meningitis

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Stiff Neck

Fever, possibly with cold hands and feet


Refusing feeds or vomiting


High pitched moaning cry or whimpering


Dislike of being  handled or fretful

Light Sensitivity

Neck retraction with arching of back

Drowsiness or Confusion

Blank & staring expression

Joint Pain

Child is difficult to wake, lethargic


Pale, blotchy complexion


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