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2019.04.15 09:49

Lithuanian military considers additional measles vaccinations

Lithuania's Ministry of National Defence considers additional immunization of troops against measles as the number of reported cases is rising.

Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis says the ministry wants to vaccinate troops facing the highest risk of contracting measles first.

“We are now looking into all options and risks. We are probably heading towards vaccinating troops with the highest risk here in Lithuania,” the minister told BNS Lithuania.

The Lithuanian military now has almost 10,200 professional troops, more than 3,600 conscripts and over 5,000 volunteers.

Troops taking part in international operations are mandatorily vaccinated against all diseases that are widespread in a mission area.

Figures from the Centre for Communicable Diseases and AIDS show that 462 people have contracted measles in Lithuania this year, compared to 30 last year.