A HEALTH expert is warning locals to be on the look-out for the early signs of meningitis as the town gears up for its peak season.
A recent study by the Meningitis Trust found 71 per cent of people immediately think of a rash when identifying meningitis – but there are far earlier signs people can keep an eye open for.
Dr Rob Hicks, spokesman for the trust, told the Herald, “Knowing and recognising the other signs and symptoms of meningitis and getting medical help quickly is vital to reduce the devastating impact meningitis can have.
“Symptoms can appear quickly and rapid deterioration is a sign of a medical emergency. Instincts are key for survival; parents and health professionals must trust these.”
Meningitis can start with flu like symptoms, including a fever, headache, vomiting and muscle pain. Other symptoms can include fever with cold hands and feet, drowsiness, confusion, pale blotchy skin, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights and seizures.
In babies, symptoms can include being floppy and unresponsive, dislike of being handled, rapid breathing, moaning cry and a bulging fontanelle (soft spot on the top of the head).