NHS issues warning over measles risk linked to leisure centre

A number of people may have come into contact with a person at Lewis Sports Centre who is likely to have measles.

NHS Western Isles issues warning over measles risk linked to Stornoway leisure centre Getty Images

The NHS has issued warning letters to those at risk of catching measles linked to a leisure centre in the Outer Hebrides.

NHS Western Isles has sent out “warn and inform” notices to people who may have come into contact with a person likely to have the disease.

The NHS board said the notices will be mostly sent to those who attended the Lewis Sports Centre in Stornoway on Saturday, February 10, between 9am and 6pm.

NHS Western Isles has urged those who may have visited the centre to ensure they have had both doses of the measles, mumps and rebulla (MMR) vaccine.

Those who visited the Sports Centre in Lewis on February 10 are urged to ensure they have had both measles vaccines.Google Maps

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.” 

He added: “We are issuing warn and inform notices at present to individuals who may have come into contact with an individual likely to have measles. These people in particular are strongly encouraged to make sure they are fully vaccinated.”

According to NHS Inform, measles remains one of the most infectious diseases and is spread by tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 

In most cases, it should pass in around seven to ten days.

But in some cases, measles can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications such as lung and brain infections.

The first symptoms usually appear around ten days after a person is infected and include cold-like symptoms as well as red and swollen eyes that are sensitive to light, a fever and aches and pains.

The measles rash usually appears around two to four days after the initial symptoms begin and fades after a week.

Those who are not sure whether they have had the vaccine are urged to contact their GP.

Vaccine appointments can be made by calling 01851 708028 or by emailing wi.primarycare@nhs.scot.

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