Signs and symptoms of meningitis

Meningitis and septicaemia* can happen together. Be aware of all the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, and if anybody that you know has any of them be sure to seek urgent medical help

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Common signs of meningitis and septicaemia.

Meningitis symptoms can appear in any order. Some may not appear at all. Common symptoms of meningitis can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache 
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Muscle pain
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever with cold hands and feet

This is a list of the common symptoms of meningitis, for more age specific symptoms please see our pages for babies and toddlers, children and adultsDO NOT wait for a rash. If someone is ill and getting worse, get medical help immediately.

*Many medical experts now use the term sepsis instead of septicaemia.

Find out more about meningitis, as well as the symptoms in this short video:

Early symptoms of meningitis can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache 
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Muscle pain
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever with cold hands and feet

Someone with meningitis or septicaemia can get a lot worse very quickly. Keep checking them. 

Trust your instincts - Get medical help immediately

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