Bacterial meningitis can be severe and fatal and therefore requires immediate antibiotic treatment. If you notice symptoms of meningitis, do not delay, consult a doctor or go to the accident and emergency department immediately.
What are the symptoms of meningitis?
As soon as the symptoms of meningitis appear, you must contact a doctor or go to the hospital as soon as possible.
The following symptoms appear between 2 and 10 days after infection, 4 days on average:
- stiff neck
- joint pains
- photophobia (intolerance of light)
- skin rash (red spots called petechiae, that don't fade under pressure)
- neurological symptoms (paralysis)
DID YOU KNOW? Invasive meningococcal diseases can cause meningitis and/or septicaemia (an infection of the blood).