彩神大小规律Measles outbreak in Lithuania shows no signs of abating: health official

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VILNIUS, March 29 (Xinhua) -- The number of measles cases is projected to increase further in Lithuania as people have lost their collective immunity to this highly contagious viral disease, the Director of Lithuania's Center for Communicable Diseases and AIDS (ULAC), Saulius Caplinskas, said on Friday.

"The collective immunity has been lost as a 95 percent measles vaccination coverage rate is considered as minimum to prevent an outbreak. There are new suspected cases of measles, blood samples are being examined. I have no doubt that in the nearest future there will be new cases," Caplinskas was quoted as saying by local news website lrt.lt.

Recent data from ULAC shows that the proportion of children vaccinated against measles in the country has decreased from 97 percent in 30009 to 92.2 percent in 2018 due to parents' reluctance to vaccinate their kids.

According to ULAC, every year some 5,000 children are not vaccinated in Lithuania.

"Measles outbreaks feature certain upswings and descent, yet we will have to live under the threat of measles for a while," Caplinskas said.

In total, 310 cases of measles have been registered as of Friday in Lithuania this year, compared to 300 cases for the whole of 2018, ULAC data showed.

The largest number of cases, 149, was registered in Kaunas, Lithuania's second largest city. In Vilnius, the capital, 39 measles cases have been registered to date.

Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus, says the World Health Organization.