"During the past 10 years some 200 children have contracted viral
meningitis in Croatia as a result of MoPaRu Vaccine, local media claim."
25/10/05 Croatian toddlers contract meningitis through bad vaccine
Ten Croatian toddlers had to be hospitalized after contracting viral
meningitis caused by a local vaccine against rubella, measles and mumps, a
"We established that ten children (hospitalized for meningitis) were
infected by a virus found in vaccine made by the Zagreb Immunological
Institute," Ana Bace, a doctor at the Croatian capital's hospital for
infectious diseases, told AFP.
The children, aged between 12 and 15 months, were infected during the past
The combined MoPaRu vaccine has been used in Croatia since 1986.
"Pediatricians have constantly demanded in vain that this vaccine ... be
replaced," doctor Goran Tesovic told the Jutarnji List daily.
Another, more efficient vaccine of a foreign producer is also registered in
Croatia but parents have to pay for it, he added.
The Immunological Institute which produces the vaccine slammed a "media
campaign of foreign producers."
During the past 10 years some 200 children have contracted viral meningitis
in Croatia as a result of MoPaRu Vaccine, local media claim.
Meningitis, which often affects small children, is a serious disease in
which the tissues enclosing the brain and spinal cord become infected and
swollen and can be fatal if not treated properly.
It is spread by direct contact with droplets from the nose and mouth of
infected people. - AFP