Viewing cable 06VILNIUS121
Title: FALSE ALARM: NO BIRD FLU IN LITHUANIA

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06VILNIUS1212006-02-07 14:07:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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UNCLAS VILNIUS 000121 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/NB, EUR/PGI, AND OES/IHA 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: TBIO SOCI PGOV LH
SUBJECT: FALSE ALARM: NO BIRD FLU IN LITHUANIA 
 
 
¶1. Reports of a possible case of avian influenza in 
Lithuania's port city of Klaipeda have proved false.  The 
Ministry of Health initially feared that the disease may 
have caused the death of an Indian sailor, who died on 
February 6 while his ship was docked in the Lithuanian port 
of Klaipeda.  Egle Burbiene, Deputy Director of the 
National Center for Health Emergencies told us on February 
7, however, that the preliminary diagnosis of the emergency 
medical response team was incorrect: the deceased Indian 
citizen died of natural causes other than avian influenza. 
The Ministry of Health has publicly retracted the initial 
diagnosis and may perform an autopsy to confirm the cause 
of the sailor's death. 
 
¶2. There have been no cases of avian influenza, either in 
fowl or humans, to date in Lithuania. 
 
MULL