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News| Health Protection Scotland - meningitis update

Health Protection Scotland (HPS) is aware of a total of four cases of meningococcal disease in the north of Scotland. Three of these cases are Scouts that recently travelled to Japan to attend the International Scout Jamboree, plus one family member.
All three Scouts and the family member have attended their local hospitals, were treated and are recovering well. However, as a precaution, HPS has sent a letter to all UK participants at the jamboree, providing advice and useful contacts while assuring that an occurrence of the illness is rare and the risk of another case amongst those who attended the jamboree is very small.
Again, while the risk of another case is very slight, it is sensible to be aware of the signs and symptoms, which include:
Severe headache
Stiff neck
Dislike of bright light
Extreme sleepiness/difficulty walking
Rapid breathing
Joint/muscle pain
Cold hands and feet
Extreme sleepiness/difficulty walking
The early signs can be like bad flu, so if someone that attended the Jamboree becomes ill with any of the above signs or symptoms, they should contact their doctor urgently and ask for advice. You can also get further advice here.

Further information

For more help and advice, contact or visit the below:
Meningitis Now
Call the 24 hour helpline on 0808 80 10 388 or visit meningitisnow.org
Meningitis Research Foundation
Call the 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 3344 or visit meningitis.org
NHS Inform
Call 0800 22 44 88 or visit nhsinform.co.uk



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