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19 Feb 2019 | 04:49 AM UTC

Lithuania: Influenza outbreak reported nationwide

Lithuania News Alert

Health officials announce nationwide influenza outbreak; at least 16 deaths attributed to the virus as of mid-February

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/15/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/22/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Vilnius). COUNTRY/REGION Lithuania

Event

The Lithuanian Center for Infectious Disease (ULAC) has recorded at least 16 influenza related deaths as of mid-February. Health officials note 470 people were hospitalized during the first week of February, including 33 people admitted to the intensive care unit. Lithuanian authorities have implemented public health measures to limit further spread of the disease.

Context

Influenza is a contagious virus that can spread from human to human. Symptoms include high fever, aching muscles, headache, and respiratory issues. Particularly vulnerable individuals include young children, the elderly, pregnant women, the obese, and individuals suffering from chronic diseases. An annual vaccine is available.

Advice

Individuals are advised to take preventive measures to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the disease (e.g. wash hands thoroughly and frequently, avoid contact with sick individuals, etc.) and consult a medical professional regarding vaccination options.

 

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