Fans told to get measles jabs before Germany

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13 May 2006, ROSTOCK - German doctors appealed to football fans from round the world to have themselves vaccinated before coming to Germany because of an outbreak of measles in the west of the country.

13 May 2006

ROSTOCK - German doctors appealed to football fans from round the world to have themselves vaccinated before coming to Germany because of an outbreak of measles in the west of the country.

Male fans who expect to have anything to do with prostitutes in Germany during the World Cup tournament next month should also have themselves vaccinated beforehand against hepatitis B, said Emil Reisinger, head of the Rostock Institute of Tropical Medicine.

In the south of Germany, vaccinations were also needed against tick-borne encephalitis, a disease spread by tick bites.

Measles has recently flared up in the western state of North Rhine Westphalia, with 142 new cases in the last week of April and 90 new cases last week. A major vaccination campaign is under way in the state to nip the epidemic in the bud.

Heinz-Josef Schmitt, head of the vaccination board at the Robert Koch infectious diseases institute in Berlin, said visitors to that state should obtain the jab as a precaution, but he did not think it likely that measles would spread to other parts of Germany.

DPA 

Subject: German news

 

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