Passenger taken to hospital from Vilnius Airport over suspected virus – healthmin rep

  • 2020-02-06
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNUS – A passenger who flew to Vilnius from the United States via Warsaw was on Thursday taken to the Center of Infectious Diseases of Santara Clinics with a suspected infectious disease.

"The passenger is in hospital, with doctors checking his symptoms, and they will probably take a sample to decide if he should be hospitalized or released. The health of passengers has been checked and almost all of them have been released," Lina Businskaite, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health, told BNS.

Rolanda Lingiene, director of the National Public Health Center's Vilnius Department, told BNS earlier that judging from where the man came from and his initial symptoms, this case was not linked to the new coronavirus spreading in China and outside it.

In her words, the passenger felt unwell when he was still in Warsaw and he himself contacted a private clinic whose representatives handed over the information to the National Public Health Center.

563 people have already been killed by the virus since it emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan las month, and the official number of infected people is approaching 30,000. The virus is spreading in other Asian countries, European countries and the United States.

Lithuanian institutions are taking additional precautionary measures to prevent an outbreak, with NPHC specialists being on standby at Lithuania's three airports and the port of Klaipeda.

Health specialist pointed out to the fact that the mortality rate from the new virus stands at around 2 percent and is considerably lower than that of the SARS virus which killed around 10 percent of the infected people 17 years ago.