Friday 24 November 2017

Teens warned about meningitis

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

A campaign to warn students of the signs of a disease that can kill within hours launched yesterday.

The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) revealed that one-in-10 young people has not heard of the illness, that can leave survivors with brain damage, deafness and multiple amputations.

The charity wants teens, who are the second highest at-risk group for contracting meningitis, to recognise the symptoms, which are similar to the flu or a hangover.

The campaign is being backed by broadcaster Claire Byrne who was given the last rites when she was struck by the disease in 1990.

For more details, free text TIME to 50308.

Irish Independent

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