Dr Marion Lyons
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Swansea measles epidemic: Public Health Wales on death inquiry

A death is being investigated as part of the measles epidemic in Swansea.

Public Health Wales (PHW) is looking into the death of a 25-year-old man, named locally as Gareth Williams, at a flat in the city.

South Wales Police said it is "sudden and unexplained" and PHW says the diagnosis of measles has not yet been confirmed.

Testing for measles is "forming part of the investigations being overseen by the coroner," said PHW.

Dr Marion Lyons, PHW's director of health protection, urged parents to take up the "unique opportunity" offered by health boards across Wales to get children vaccinated.

She said they were still seeing 20 new cases a day in the Swansea area but unless children receive the jab, the problem could continue until the summer holidays.

Suspected measles death investigated

  • 19 Apr 2013