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Poles' fury at measles alert

A SENIOR Polish health official has accused the Irish authorities of "stupidity" over a health warning to fans.

Last month the HSE issued a warning about a measles outbreak in Ukraine, with 5,000 cases of measles reported in the first three months of the year, and advised Ireland fans to get immunised.

"Measles is one of the most infectious diseases known to man and fans who have not received the MMR vaccine are at risk of getting measles which can lead to serious complications," said Dr Brenda Corcoran of the HSE'.

"The advice is; get the MMR before you go."

But that public notice has gone down like a lead balloon with the co-hosts Poland.

"It's stupidity and a complete stereotype about Poland. I don't know where the Irish got their epidemiological information," said Andrzej Trybusz, the chief health inspector for the Wielkopolska region, which includes Poznan -- host city for two of Ireland's three group games.

"In the last two years we have not had a single case of measles in the Wielkopolska region. In all of Poland in that time there were just 39 cases. In comparison, France had around 2,000 and Ukraine 10,000."


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