After a Lithuanian troop died of meningitis, an extremely contagious disease, preventive measures were taken on Monday in the unit of his service.
Conscripts
© P. Čilinsko nuotr.

"The troops who lived together with the junior private or were in close contact with him received preventive shots of medication and are subjected to additional health checks. Their barracks are being disinfected, cleaned and aired," the Defence Ministry said in a comment to BNS.

The ministry's representatives said the source or the time of infection is yet to be established.

"It is shocking news came unexpected to all of us, as the troop went home for the weekend feeling well and in good mood, as always. It is hard to believe how instant and lethal the infection can be," Lieutenant Colonel Eugenijus Lastauskas, the commander of the Duke Vaidotas Battalion, said in a press release.

The 19-year-old member of the mandatory initial military service died in a Vilnius hospital of acute meningitis.

According to data provided by the Center of Communicable Diseases and AIDS, 75 cases of meningitis were reported in Lithuania last year, including seven with lethal outcome.

In addition to the troop, 14 people were diagnosed with meningitis in 2017, one of them died.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuanian PM to meet NATO chief over additional support

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is to meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg...

Seimas panel head to propose to raise intelligence body funding by EUR 4 mln - media

Vytautas Bakas , chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defense , will propose to...

Fake news on 'NATO plans to attack Belarus' planted on Lithuanian news website - media

A fake news story alleging that NATO is planning to attack Belarus was planted on Kas Vyksta Kaune...

Lithuanian troops to be decorated after Mali deployment

Lithuanian soldiers of the 1st Territorial Unit, Dainava Military District, National Defense Volunteer...

Seimas allows Lithuania to send more troops to international operations

Lithuania will be able send more troops and civilians to international operations in the next two years.