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Poland to expel sick foreigners

14th March 2007

Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, of the Law and Justice Party, has ordered any foreigners with major infectious diseases to be expelled from the country, even if they are EU citizens.

But the decree is opposed by Poland's health minister, who says that foreign patients threatened with expulsion will have the right to appeal, and that in practice none would have to leave.

The decree applies to anyone diagnosed with an infectious disease like tuberculosis, hepatitis, or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

An interior ministry spokesman said Poland had a right to protect its citizens and to counter the threat of epidemics.




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Article Information

Title: Poland to expel sick foreigners
Author: Luisetta Mudie
Article Id: 2248
Date Added: 14th Mar 2007


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