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The Meningitis Research Foundation estimates that there are around 3,300 cases of bacterial meningitis and septicaemia every year in the UK and Republic of Ireland. 

This means that every day nine people become ill with the diseases.  With one in ten people dying, a death will occur almost every day. A further two people will be left with life-altering after effects as severe as brain damage, deafness and multiple amputations.

The two forms of the disease have different symptoms. People who recover from meningitis and septicaemia may be left with a range of after effects that dramatically alter their lives.

Meningitis is usually bacterial or viral, and occasionally is due to fungal infections, although almost any microbe can cause it.

Viral meningitis can be very unpleasant but it is almost never life threatening and most people quickly make a full recovery.

Bacterial meningitis is more serious and can be caused by a range of different bacteria.

Most cases in the UK and Ireland are caused by meningococcal bacteria.

Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis, septicaemia or both. Most people who get the disease have some symptoms of both meningococcal meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia; together these two forms of the disease are known as meningococcal disease.

Septicaemia is the more life threatening form of the disease and is more dangerous when there are no signs of meningitis.

Meningitis and septicaemia are very dangerous and can kill in hours.

Meningitis means swelling of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. Septicaemia is blood poisoning caused by the same germs. Meningitis and septicaemia can occur together or separately.

People who are faced with meningitis and septicaemia have to act fast to save a life – a race against time.

Meningitis and septicaemia can be hard to recognise at first. Symptoms can appear in any order, but the first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell, just like in many mild illnesses.

  • Meningitis and septicaemia can be hard to recognise at first. Symptoms can appear in any order, but the first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell, just like many mild illnesses
  • Red ticks show symptoms that are more specific to meningitis and septicaemia and less common in milder illnesses. Limb pain and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than a rash, neck stiffness, photophobia and confusion.
  • Not everyone gets all these symptoms
  • Septicaemia can occur with or without meningitis
  • In some cases of meningitis, a rash may not appear










Fever and or vomiting Fever and/or vomiting black tick black tick
Severe headache Severe headache black tick
Limb, joint, muscle pain Limb/joint/muscle pain (sometimes with pain/diarrhoea) red tick
Cold hands and feet, shivering Cold hand and feet/shivering red tick
Pale or mottled skin Pale or mottled skin black tick
Breathing fast, breathlessness Breathing fast/breathless black tick
Rash Rash (anywhere on the body) red tick red tick
Stiff neck Stiff neck (less common in young children) red tick
Dislike of bright lights Dislike of bright lights (less common in young children) red tick
Very sleepy, vacant, difficulty to wake Very sleepy /vacant /difficult to wake black tick black tick
Confused, delirious Confused /delirious red tick red tick
Seizures may also be seen Seizures (fits) may also be seen red tick

Other meningitis symptoms in toddlers and babies:

  • Refusing to eat/feed
  • Irritable, not wanting to be held/touched
  • A stiff body, with jerky movements, or floppy, unable to stand up

Babies and tiny tots may also have:

  • A tense or bulging soft spot on the head (fontanelle)
  • A high pitched or moaning

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