Published: 4 March 2015

Meningitis: know the signs

The University has reissued guidance from Public Health England, following confirmation that a Liverpool student is receiving treatment for a possible meningococcal infection.

Meningitis is comparatively rare, but everyone should be aware of the symptoms to look out for and be prepared to take urgent action whenever it is suspected.

Meningococcal infection, which can cause meningitis (inflammation of the brain) or septicaemia (blood poisoning), is more common in the winter months. The onset of illness is often sudden and treatment should be sought immediately if it is suspected.

The early signs of meningococcal infection include:

  • A rash that doesn’t fade when pressed with a glass
  • Sudden onset of high fever
  • Severe and worsening headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Dislike of bright lights
  • Very cold hands and feet.

Students are advised to spend a few minutes watching the following video on spotting the symptoms:


Further general information about Meningitis may be obtained from the Meningitis Research Foundation, tel: 080 8800 3344 (24hr helpline) or visit:

If you have any concerns at all you may seek advice from your own GP. You can also obtain medical help or advice by calling 111. The University’s Student Health Service can be contacted on 0151 285 4578 and can advise you on vaccinations in the Liverpool area.

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