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Identifying Rashes on Babies and Toddlers:
    Contagious Rashes - Meningitis

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Meningitis is a very serious, but rare condition in which there is inflammation in lining of the brain and spinal cord (meninges). Meningitis is very contagious and babies and toddlers with this condition need to be kept away from other children until they are clear of the infection.

Meningitis can be caused by either a bacterial or viral infection.

Meningococcal, which is a common type of bacterial meningitis, usually occurs with septicaemia (poisoning of the blood) and these conditions can be life-threatening.

Meningitis has an incubation period of: 2-10 days




Symptoms of meningitis (& septicaemia)


Treatment of meningitis (& septicaemia)

Meningitis and septicaemia are medical emergencies and you need to call an ambulance, especially if the purple rash is present.


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  Last reviewed: 3 July 2009 || Last updated: 6 October 2009


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Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.