Meningitis Awareness Week 2014 runs from the 15th – 21st September and the Meningitis Research Foundation are using this time to encourage everyone to make themselves familiar with the symptoms of the life threatening diseases meningitis and septicaemia.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord – the meninges. Septicaemia is blood poisoning caused by the same germs and is the more life threatening form of the disease. Septicaemia can occur with or without meningitis.
Both conditions require immediate action and treatment.
The first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell. Red ticks show symptoms more specific to meningitis and septicaemia and less common in milder illnesses. Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion.
Many of you will recall the excellent night at Carmel Gaffney’s in July, when local band “The Beachcombers” reformed for that one night and brought lots of memories flooding back! Organiser and former Meningitis patient, Mick Kenny, reported that this event raised €1,202 for the Meningitis Research Foundation.
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