Meningococcal meningitis strikes quickly and usually without warning.
Additional meningococcal meningitis symptoms may include: nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, confusion, and a rash (typically dark purple spots on the torso, arms, or legs).
Early symptoms may appear mild—similar to those of a cold or the flu—but can progress quickly and can be fatal, sometimes within 24 hours.
Survivors can experience a number of long-term disabilities, including:
Loss of limbs