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The 2nd International Scientific Conference “Tick-Borne Diseases” held in Vilnius, Lithuania, 12 April 2012

 Rediger
  Published: 19.06.12 Updated: 19.06.2012 15:28:26

Lithuanian Centre for Communicable Diseases and AIDS organized the Second International Scientific Conference “Tick-Borne Diseases” held in Lithuanian Academy of Sciences on 12 April 2012, Vilnius, Lithuania.

General practitioners and public health specialists were updated on epidemiology of tick-borne diseases, vaccination coverage against tick-borne encephalitis and laboratory testing in Lithuania, neighbouring Latvia, and Belarus, and in Estonia. Additionally, participants of the conference had a possibility to take a closer look at ticks in different life stages.

Tick-borne encephalitis is one of the most serious tick-borne diseases. Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are the countries which experience the highest risk to acquire the disease among European Union countries. Between 2006 and 2011 there were 2,498 people diagnosed with tick-borne encephalitis and 13,164 people were diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Studies have shown that postencephalitic syndrome is one of the complications strongly influencing the quality of life of patients suffering from tick-borne encephalitis. It affects work ability and lifestyle in general. Such patients often require additional care and demand considerable resources.

For more information see the abstracts of the conference.

Guest speakers:
Natalia Kerbo and Irina Dontsenko from Health Board in Tallinn, Estonia, Dr. Anatoli Krasko from the Republican Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, Minsk, Belarus.


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