|Related to/Also known as||Meningococcal disease
|Symptoms of Meningitis
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining (meninges) which covers the spinal cord and the brain.
Common symptoms are usually high fever, headache, stiff neck and a red/purple rash which remains when pressed and looked at through a glass tumbler.
Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection, or is occasionally due to a fungal infection.
Viral meningitis can be very unpleasant, but is generally less severe and is usually without long-term effects.
Bacterial meningitis is more serious and, although some do make a full recovery, others may be left with problems such as long-term brain damage, hearing loss and epilepsy.
The meningococcal bacterium that causes meningitis can also cause septicaemia (blood poisoning). If a patient has some symptoms of both meningococcal meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia, then together these two forms of the disease are known as meningococcal disease.
|Useful national contacts||Meningitis Trust and Meningitis Research Foundation have merged to form
Nurse-staffed Freefone Helpline 0808 80 10 388
|Children & young people||
Meningitis in children and young people (Meningitis Now)
Symptoms Checker for Young Adults (Meningitis Research Foundation)
Michael Rosen's Sad Book (Michael Rosen)
FAQs on COVID-19 and meningitis
Meningitis (NHS Choices)
Glass test for meningitis (Meningitis Now)
Living with a condition (The Brain Charity)
|News and events||
Meningitis Now warn students not to assume coronavirus (Meningitis Now, August 2020)
Men ACWY vaccine (NHS Choices)
"New meningitis vaccine for students and children" (BBC Wales, August 2015)
The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Meningitis and on a wide range of disability-related issues.
This includes a copy of the Brain & Spine Foundation's booklet "Meningitis: A fact sheet for patients and carers".