Symptoms of meningitis can appear in any order. Some may not appear at all. In the early stages, there may not be a rash or the rash may fade on pressure.


Meningitis is inflammation of the lining around your brain and spinal cord. It can be very serious if not treated quickly.


Symptoms of meningitis include being sick, a headache, a stiff neck and a dislike of bright lights. You may sometimes get a rash.


Vaccinations can protect you against some types of meningitis.


Meningitis is usually treated with antibiotics in hospital. Treatment should start as soon as possible.

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