The common signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia are shown below. Early symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea (feeling sick), vomiting (being sick), muscle pain and fever with cold hands and feet.
Trust your instincts, if you suspect meningitis or septicaemia, get medical help immediately.
The Glass Test
Spots or a rash that do not fade under pressure will still be seen when the side of a clear drinking glass is pressed firmly against the skin.
A fever with spots or a rash that do not fade
under pressure is a medical emergency.
If someone is ill or is obviously getting worse, do not wait for spots or a rash to appear. They may appear late or may not appear at all.