A 10-month-old baby from Wyke in Yorkshire in the United Kingdom was admitted to hospital a month ago after the doctors diagnosed her with Meningococcal Septicemia. The devastated parents have been informed their daughter could lose all her limbs and suffer tremendous brain damage due to the disease.
"When someone has meningococcal septicemia, the bacteria enter the bloodstream and multiply, damaging the walls of the blood vessels.
"They found a rash, typical of meningococcal septicemia
," said Gina, from Norwich, who works for Meningitis Research.
She was initially thought to have a hematologic disorder before meningococcal septicemia
There are between 70 and 80 cases of meningitis in Liverpool each year and around half of these are cases of meningococcal septicemia
A more lethal form of the disease, meningococcal septicemia
- a form of blood poisoning - rose by 21 per cent, leading to fears that the bug has taken on a much nastier form.