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The immediate fear of a measles outbreak linked to Lewis Sports Centre has proven unfounded, according to an announcement from NHS Western Isles on Friday (16 Febuary).

But, they say, the overall risk to the public remains high, with cases of measles on the rise across Europe, the UK and Scotland.

A measles alert was issued on Wednesday last week, after a suspected case emerged following an event held at Lewis Sports Centre on Saturday 10 February.

Those who attended were issued with ‘warn and inform’ notices, alerting them to the importance of having two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination.

Now a spokesperson for NHS Western Isles says: “We are pleased to confirm that on this occasion the result has been reported as negative.

“However, the risk remains valid … We would still urge everyone to ensure they have had two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.”

Dr Keith Allan, consultant in public health at NHS Western Isles said: “Measles spreads very easily. It’s unpleasant and can sometimes have serious life-threatening complications.  

“Having the safe and effective MMR vaccine is the best way to prevent measles. MMR is usually given in two doses in childhood but can be given at any age if you haven't been fully vaccinated before. 

“It's really important to have both doses if you can so that you get the best protection for yourself or child.” 

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