Did you know?
Meningococcal meningitis is the most aggressive kind of meningitis.
What are the symptoms of meningococcal meningitis and sepsis?
Meningococcal meningitis and sepsis are often misdiagnosed because early symptoms are similar to the flu, including headache, fever, and nausea. The disease can progress quickly, and symptoms may also include neck stiffness, confusion, and sensitivity to light, as well as a rash. Once symptoms begin, immediate medical treatment is critical. Even then, long-lasting side effects or death can occur.1,2
Symptoms in infants may be absent or difficult to detect
Some symptoms of meningococcal meningitis include when the infant3-7
Feels uncomfortable being picked up and held
Is very hard to calm down
Has a fever
Is sluggish or lethargic
Refuses to eat
Has swelling on the soft spot of the head
Develops a rash (deep red or purple spots)
Symptoms in children, adolescents, and adults can resemble the flu
Some symptoms to watch for include:5-7
Stiff neck (may be painful when trying to lower chin to chest)
Confusion or delirium
Sensitivity to light
Muscle pains and diarrhea
Being very sleepy
A rash (deep red or purple spots that don't fade under pressure)
If you think that you or your child has symptoms of meningitis, get medical help immediately.
Please keep in mind that some, or all, of the symptoms may or may not be present, and they can appear in any order.