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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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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

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