Date: 2nd September 2000
POSH SPICE VICTORIA BECKHAM has been struck down by meningitis and is "very ill".
The OUT OF YOUR MIND singer has the viral form of the brain bug and had a temperature of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 celsius) last night (01SEP00). Posh's husband, soccer ace DAVID BECKHAM, is in Paris with the England soccer team for tonight's (02SEP00) match against France - but the pair have been in constant touch over the phone.
David is said to be "frantic with worry" since Posh was diagnosed with the brain bug after falling ill during a promotional tour in Germany. The star is understood to have seen a neurologist and had a lumbar puncture to rule out a potentially deadly form of the disease. Luckily Posh's viral condition is not contagious so her 18-month-old baby son BROOKLYN is safe. Posh, a patron of the MENINGITIS RESEARCH TRUST, became ill on Thursday (31AUG00) as she filmed German TV interviews to plug her
new single. She was flown back to Britain in a private jet.
Posh, 26, is being looked after by her parents at their home in Goff's Oaks, Hertfordshire, England. A spokesman says, "Victoria's in a bad way. She has been through a hard few weeks and it's taken its toll."