New meningitis leaflet outlines symptoms for parents
13 September 1999
Action Research has a new leaflet available for parents who wish to know more about the life-threatening disease and recognise its symptoms.
The charity has funded and continues to fund a number of studies into meningitis - currently there is no vaccine that protects against all forms of the disease. Action Research has committed just over half a million pounds so far in trying to gain a better understanding of the disease and look at possible ways of developing new vaccines.
Meningitis is a disease that causes the protective covering of the brain and spinal cord - the meninges - to become inflamed. It may be caused by either a bacterial or a viral infection. Viral meningitis can be fairly mild but bacterial meningitis is life threatening. Deafness, blindness and cerebral palsy are known to occur in those who survive.
Symptoms that parents should be aware of include fever, severe headache, nausea and vomiting, a dislike of bright light and a stiff neck. In some cases the skin turns red and blotchy. These symptoms may develop over a few hours and if not treated rapidly the person may lose consciousness. The new leaflet from Action Research is released to coincide with Meningitis Awareness Week that begins on the 20th September. Aside from giving parents a list of symptoms of meningitis, it also includes a number of facts and figures surrounding the disease. To obtain a free copy of the leaflet, please send an SAE to Meningitis Leaflet, Action Research, Vincent House, North Parade, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 2DP or e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
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