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What are the symptoms of meningococcal disease?

Page last updated 12 October 2018

Meningococcal disease is potentially fatal, urgent medical advice at the nearest hospital is advised if someone displays symptoms of the infections.


  • stiff neck
  • fever
  • headache
  • photophobia (eyes being more sensitive to light)
  • nausea/vomiting
  • confusion
  • poor eating/drinking, low alertness and vomiting (babies)



  • fever
  • fatigue
  • vomiting
  • chills
  • cold hands and feet
  • severe aches or pains
  • rapid breathing
  • diarrhoea
  • a dark purple rash in the later stages

Sources & Citations

  1. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Meningococcal disease. Signs and symptoms. Available at (accessed 18 April 2018).

SPANZ.MENAC.18.05.0181a - Date of preparation May 2018