Cruise ship quarantined in Caribbean after a case of measles was reported on board

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A US cruise ship has been placed in quarantine by the Caribbean island of St Lucia after a case of measles was reported on board, the island’s chief medical officer said.

The BBC reports that the ship is reportedly the Freewinds, which is said to be owned and operated by the Church of Scientology.

Dr Frederick-James said in a video statement posted on YouTube on Tuesday that the ministry learned of the confirmed measles case from “two reputable sources”.

She cited the fact that measles was a highly infectious disease as a factor in the decision

“One infected person can easily infect others through coughing, sneezing, droplets being on various surfaces, etc. So because of the risk of potential infection – not just from the confirmed measles case, but from other persons who may be on the boat at the time – we thought it prudent to make a decision not to allow anyone to disembark.”