Television


About RTÉ Television
Outbreak
Outbreak RTÉ One, Tuesday, 8.30pm

Outbreak

Programme Five: Measles - The Dormant Killer

For hundreds of years the Measles virus was viewed as a common childhood illness. In reality many young lives were lost each year to the disease. In the 1980s a vaccine was finally made available to children in Ireland, but for some it came too late.

The programme tells the story of two fathers, Brendan Prendergast of Dublin and Dumitru Pop from Romania, whose lives were changed forever by the disease.

10 year old Suzanne Prendergast with her parents Vera and Brendan Prendergast in August 1982
10 year old Suzanne Prendergast with her parents Vera and Brendan Prendergast in August 1982
Naomi Pop with parents Maria and Dumitru Pop
Naomi Pop with parents Maria and Dumitru Pop