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Cruise ship quarantined in St Lucia for measles heads to Curacao


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The Freewinds cruise ship is docked in the port of Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Authorities in the eastern Caribbean island have quarantined the ship after discovering a confirmed case of measles aboard. (Photo: AP)

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (AP) — Authorities in Curacao are debating how to respond to a ship with 300 people aboard that is heading to the Dutch Caribbean island after being placed under quarantine in nearby St Lucia because of a confirmed case of measles.

The ship left St Lucia late Thursday after spending two days under quarantine. Authorities there said the ship’s doctor requested 100 vaccines after a female crew member was diagnosed with measles.

It is unclear whether she remains in St Lucia. Health officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

The Freewinds ship is reportedly owned by the Church of Scientology. Church officials have not returned messages for comment.

The ship is scheduled to arrive in Curacao early Saturday.

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  1. Who said St.Lucia has no Health Authority? I do respect the Health Ministry
    for their quick and alert action on this matter, otherwise it would be disastrous
    on the health of many. Also, the members of this cult, Scientology, are dreamers
    who think that they are immune to sicknesses of any kind. Thanks to the Government
    of St. Lucia and the Ministry of Health for jumping on this matter in good time.

    • And yet our splendid Health Ministry permitted a ship belonging to a world wide anti vaccine cult to berth in our capital city. As it regularly does. Our Health Authority - it does not exist.
      Visited the STADIUM/I mean hospital lately? Your comment is illogical and wrong. Our situation nationally is a catastrophe, a pandemic waiting to happen.

  2. St. Lucia has no health authority.


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