A quarantined cruise ship reportedly owned by the Church of Scientology has a confirmed case of measles onboard, according to health authorities in St. Lucia, CNN reports. The confirmed case involves a female crew member, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James said, but “given the highly infectious nature of the disease, it is likely that others may have been exposed.” After learning earlier through two reputable sources that someone on board might have measles, health officials ordered the ship to stay in port to prevent the spread of the disease. No one on the ship has been allowed to disembark.On Thursday, the ship’s doctor requested 100 doses of the measles vaccine, according to a statement from the Department of Health and Wellness, “and this is currently being provided from our supplies, at no cost.” Crew members and passengers are being monitored by the ship’s doctor, the statement said. “Continued surveillance is necessary as the incubation period for measles ranges from 10 to 12 days before symptoms in exposed persons occur,” the statement added. The ship has approximately 300 crew members and passengers, Fredericks-James said. The vessel, named “Freewinds,” is still moored there, St. Lucia Coast Guard Sgt. Victor Theodore told… Read full this story
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