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Meningitis warning for students

Published 17/09/2013

Students returning to college should be aware of the symptoms of meningitis as it could save a life, the Public Health Agency (PHA) has warned as part of Meningitis Awareness Week which started yesterday.

Meningitis is potentially fatal so it is vital students know the symptoms which may include a high temperature, vomiting, cold hands and feet, severe headache, a stiff neck, aching limbs and a dislike of bright lights. People may also experience drowsiness and a purple rash which does not fade when pressed.

Dr Maureen McCartney, consultant in health protection at the PHA, had this advice for students: "The disease can come on very quickly and it is important to seek urgent medical attention if you think meningitis is occurring.

"A very important sign is a rash which does not disappear if a glass is pressed against it. If someone develops this, then they need urgent medical attention."

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