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Measles cases at three schools, college and nursery

There have been measles cases reported at two primary schools, a further education college, and a nursery - in addition to cases at Cwmtawe School in Pontardawe.

We now have cases not only in Cwmtawe School but also in two primary schools, a further education college and a nursery – and in all of these places there are unvaccinated children and young people who could easily catch and spread measles.

Parents who have decided not to vaccinate their children are not only risking their children’s health, but are putting other children at risk, children either too young to be vaccinated or with medical conditions that prevent them from being vaccinated.

We are very frustrated to see more cases of measles in the area so soon after the large outbreak earlier this year and we are very keen for this to be stopped before it can get any bigger and we return to a position where children are admitted to hospital or die or are damaged by the disease.

The only way to achieve that is through vaccination and I urge parents whose children have not received two doses of MMR to ensure that they speak to their GP immediately to arrange this quick, safe and effective vaccine.

– Dr Jörg Hoffmann, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales says it wants to remind parents that children need two doses of MMR for the maximum 99 per cent protection against measles.

The virus is very contagious, can cause serious complications and even be fatal.

The symptoms of measles include: fever, fatigue, runny nose, conjunctivitis, a distinctive red rash.

Public Health Wales is urging anyone who thinks they or their children has the symptoms should contact their GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.

Measles warning after number of cases rises again

Public health officials are warning that the number of measles cases has risen to 14, after an outbreak earlier this year.

There are now 13 cases linked to Cwmtawe School in Pontardawe, and a case of suspected measles with no apparent links to the school, at a nursery in the Swansea area.

Health chiefs have warned that thousands of children in Wales still haven't had two doses of the MMR vaccine. Credit: PA

Public Health Wales says there is "potential for the outbreak to spread quickly", unless children who have not received two doses of the MMR are vaccinated urgently.

Two weeks ago, vaccination clinics were held at the secondary school in Pontardawe, after the first case was confirmed.

The last outbreak, centred on Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, was declared over in July, having started last November.

It resulted in more than 1,200 cases.


Tributes paid to Pontardawe crash victims

Tributes have been paid to two men who died in a road traffic collision near Pontardawe on Tuesday evening.

Matthew Macmillan and Mitchell Evans, who were both 21, were killed when their car hit a tree on the A474 Neath Road, Fforest Goch.

Matthew Macmillan's family have described him as a 'beautiful, loving, handsome boy' who was a 'loving brother' and 'doting father'.

"He was our legend and will be in our thoughts forever."

The parents of Mitchell Evans said: "You were royalty to us and our lives will never be the same again."

South Wales Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them. Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Wales Police Roads Policing Unit at on 101.


Two people dead after A474 crash in Pontardawe

Two people have died after a road collision in Pontardawe.

South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident, which happened at 7pm yesterday evening on the A474 Neath Road, Fforest Goch.

Police say a silver Renault Clio was involved in a collision with a tree. Two people were died at the scene, while a third person was taken to Morriston hospital for treatment.

South Wales Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them. The Police would like to speak to any person who witnessed the collision or who stopped to provide assistance, or anyone who may have seen the vehicle being driven prior to the collision and who have not yet given their details.

– South Wales Police statement

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Wales Police Roads Policing Unit at on 101 or Crimstoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Police appeal after 'disturbing' Pontardawe sheep attack

Neath police are appealing for information after a 'disturbing' and 'mindless' attack on a sheep at a Pontardawe farm.

A ewe was stabbed in the head with a large screwdriver, which was left embedded. Police believe the attack happened sometime between last Sunday and Tuesday lunchtime.

The ewe, who had young lambs, was treated by a vet and is now recovering.

This was a very disturbing attack upon a defenceless animal and I am appealing for any information in connection with this incident. This appalling incident has caused great distress to the injured animal as well as to the farmer, and we are doing all we can to find out who is responsible for this mindless behaviour.

– Police Community Support Officer Mark Jones

Anyone with information should call PCSO Mark Jones on 07805 301 531, Neath police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 62120198736.

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