Measles cases rise to 886

Public Health Wales has reported that the number of measles cases has risen to 886, as children have gone back to school after Easter. 25-year-old Gareth Williams died during the epidemic, it has not been confirmed whether measles was the cause.

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MMR vaccination numbers reach highest level yet

Health chiefs at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board say 1,800 people were vaccinated at the area's four drop-in MMR clinics today – the highest number so far.

The full numbers are:

  • Princess of Wales Hospital: 727
  • Neath Port Talbot Hospital: 455
  • Morriston Hospital: 341
  • Singleton Hospital: 302

Many of the 1,825 given MMR jabs were older schoolchildren, teenagers and young adults - the target age group for vaccines.

I’m really pleased. We have seen a steady flow of people throughout the day; and I’m particularly delighted to see a higher number of older children and teenagers come through the door, as they are our main target group.

I’m also impressed with how smoothly the clinics are running. Our staff are working very efficiently and for most of the day there have been very few queues. After the initial rush, many people have arrived and either been seen straight away or waited just 10 or 15 minutes.

– Sara Hayes, Director of Public Health at ABMU

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Welsh Government 'aware of possible measles death'

The coroner for Swansea, the centre of the epidemic, has ordered an examination of the body of a 25-year-old man to establish whether measles caused his death.

We are aware of a possible death from measles, and extend deepest sympathies to the family and friends at this difficult time.

We continue to be in close contact with Public Health Wales and to stress the importance of vaccination as the most effective way to protect against measles.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Measles diagnosis 'not confirmed' after Swansea death

Public Health Wales has said that it is aware of reports that the death of a 25-year-old man in Swansea is due to measles, but that no diagnosis has been confirmed.

Public Health Wales is aware of a death being investigated by the Swansea Coroner. A diagnosis of measles has not yet been confirmed. Testing the deceased for measles is forming part of the investigations being overseen by the Coroner.

My sympathies are with the family at such a tragic time. Whatever the cause of death in this case, we should not be surprised if, as the outbreak grows, we start to see deaths in Wales.

Symptoms of measles include fever, cold-like symptoms, fatigue, conjunctivitis and a distinctive red-brown rash that appears a few days into the illness. Anyone who thinks they or their child may have measles should speak to their GP immediately.

– Dr Marion Lyons, Director of Health Protection

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Reports: Swansea man died from 'suspected measles'

It is reported that a 25 year old man found dead at a flat on Port Tennant Road in Swansea yesterday died from 'suspected' measles.

South Wales Police have confirmed that the death is not being treated as suspicious and that officers are awaiting the results of a post mortem examination.

Public Health Wales have told ITV News that they will be releasing a statement 'shortly.'

MMR is important 'to protect entire communities'

Dr Helen Bedford, Senior Lecturer in Children’s Health, Paediatric Epidemiology Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health has highlighted the importance of immunisation to just for individuals but also for the community to help protect those who are at a greater risk or who cannot be immunised themselves.

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