Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases that can kill in hours.
- Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord.
- Septicaemia is the blood poisoning form of the disease.
- The two forms of the disease have different symptoms
People who recover from meningitis and septicaemia may be left with a range of after effects that dramatically alter their lives.
Meningitis is usually bacterial or viral. Septicaemia is usually bacterial.
- Viral meningitis can be very unpleasant but it is almost never life threatening and most people quickly make a full recovery.
- Bacterial meningitis and septicaemia can kill and can be caused by a range of different bacteria.
Millions of people have already been affected by meningitis and septicaemia around the world.
- Babies and children under five and young people are especially vulnerable but anyone of any age can be affected.