Viral Meningitis Warning As Heatwave Predicted

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With temperatures predicted to soar this week, the UK's longest established meningitis charity - the Meningitis Trust - is urging people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease, as cases are known to peak during hot summers.

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Viral meningitis is a disease that can cause life-changing after-effects and although it is very rarely life-threatening, it can take people a long time to recover. There isn't a vaccine to prevent it, so vigilance is the key to keeping yourself and others around you safe this summer.

In the initial stages, the signs and symptoms of viral meningitis are the same as bacterial meningitis; they include fever, headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, vomiting and diarrhoea, confusion and aching joints and muscles. In babies, refusing feeds, fretful and a moaning or high-pitched cry are also signs.

The symptoms can appear in any order and some may not appear at all. Like other viral illnesses, viral meningitis is not treatable with antibiotics - it requires plenty of bed rest, painkillers and good nursing care, however some cases may require urgent hospital treatment for testing.

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