The timing of symptoms can vary widely:

  • Some people get very sick very quickly in a few hours
  • Others get sick over 1-3 days

Early symptoms, occurring within first 6 hours:

  • Fever
  • Headache (or irritability in infant or child too young to say what hurts)
  • Irritability that does not respond or gets worse with cuddling
  • Altered feeding, nausea, and/or vomiting


Later symptoms, occurring with 6-12 hours:

  • Drowsiness
  • Muscle aches
  • Leg pain
  • Pale skin


Symptoms occurring after 12 hours of more:

  • Cold hands and feet
  • Neck pain or stiff neck
  • Rash (most common in meningococcal disease)
  • Confusion or delirium
  • Decreasing responsiveness, progressing to coma



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