More tests needed to confirm that man was killed in measles epidemic

South Wales measles cases reach 942 as tests into death of 25-year-old 'first victim' are inconclusive
Measles cases in the region have jumped by 56 in the last two days
Gareth Williams was suffering with measles at the time of his deathBut tests have been unable to confirm the virus was responsible for deathCoroner has ordered further examinations in order to determine cause


A major vaccination programme continues unabated in Wales which has so far seen 83 people admitted to hospital due to the illness since the outbreak.

Although the outbreak is centred mainly on Swansea, rates of measles are high throughout the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University, Powys and Hywel Dda health board areas, especially in Neath Port Talbot and North Powys.

Health officials have also launched a nationwide programme to help stem the measles outbreak and prevent it spreading more widely across the UK.

At least a million children and teenagers are to be vaccinated against measles in an attempt to stop expected outbreaks in England.

Some will never have had a jab, while others have only had the first of two doses of the MMR vaccine.

The 20million campaign follows a big rise in cases in South Wales, where public health officials have been running clinics to increase protection rates.