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Meningitis is not a very infectious illness and the risk of transmission is low.

The germ which causes the illness lives naturally in the back of the nose and throat and many people carry it without ever becoming unwell.

However it can cause meningitis or septicaemia in some people.

Meningococcal disease is an acute infectious illness caused by the germ Neisseria meningitidis.

Symptoms include fever, vomiting, severe headaches, rapid breathing, a stiff neck, cold hands and feet, a dislike of bright light and joint and muscle pain.

The most tell-tale sign is a rash which fails to disappear when pressed.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 16, 2005
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