Extra Caution

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) funded a study of 263 infant patients in the UK and Ireland because only half of babies with meningitis show tell-tale signs like a fever.

Doctors more likely “misdiagnose” meningitis according to Study author Professor Paul Heath, “The symptoms displayed by young infants when they are seen by doctors at first in hospital are often non-specific and only half of cases showed signs of a fever.”

Vinny Smith, chief executive at MRF stated that, “Based on this research, we have collaborated with the study investigators to create a teaching package aimed at doctors and health professionals to aid rapid diagnosis and treatment.”

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