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Meningitis Now chief executive Dr Tom Nutt said: “Research has shown that up to a quarter of 15 to 24-year-olds carry the bacteria that cause meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in the back of their throats compared to one in 10 of the general population.’

The charity is warning people to assess their symptoms including fever, headache and drowsiness, which can also be associated with Covid, a hangover or meningitis. Do not self-isolate! It could  have the worst possible consequences if the illness is meningitis or septicemia.

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