FACT FILE Signs and symptoms

* Older children and adults

* sudden fever,

* vomiting,

* headache,

* stiff neck/backache.

* other symptoms include:

* nausea

* eyes are sensitive to light

* confusion

* rash — red/purple spots in the skin


It can be difficult to notice the symptoms in babies, or they may not be there at all.

Some of the symptoms that you should be alert for are:

* high fever

* unusual crying

* refusing to eat or drink

* vomiting

* floppy/drowsy

* changes in sleeping patterns

* seizures or Fits

* rash — red/purple spots on the skin

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