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Russian soccer fans urged to ward off flu with whisky

Russian soccer fans heading to Wales for next month's World Cup qualifier have been urged to take unique precautions to ward off swine flu: drink Welsh whisky.

Russian soccer fans heading to Wales for next month's World Cup qualifier have been urged to take unique precautions to ward off swine flu: drink Welsh whisky

"Welsh whisky is on offer to Russian supporters as a disinfectant," Alexander Shprygin, head of the national team's fan club, said Monday. "This will relieve any symptoms."

Russia's top doctor advised the country's citizens to avoid traveling to Britain, but "nothing will stop the Russian fans," Shprygin said.

Britain's Health Protection Agency has said the number of new swine flu cases reached 110,000 in the last week of July. Only 55 swine flu cases have been confirmed in Russia.

Hundreds of Russian fans are expected to travel to Cardiff for the Sept. 9 qualifier. Russia is in second place, with 15 points, in Group 4 of European qualifying for the World Cup in South Africa next year, a point behind Germany. Wales is fourth with nine points.

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