VIDEO: Saint Lucia providing 100 doses of measles vaccine free of cost to quarantined cruise ship


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Dr. Fredericks

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Health and Wellness continues to address the matter involving a confirmed case of measles on board a cruise ship, which entered our ports on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Given the highly infectious nature of measles, along with the possibility that other persons on board the vessel may have been in contact with and are now possibly infectious due to this disease, a decision was made not to allow persons to disembark.

This decision to quarantine the ship is in keeping with the health laws of St. Lucia.

Our epidemiological investigation aboard the ship has verified that the confirmed case, as well as other crew and passengers are stable, and remain under surveillance by the ship’s doctor. Continued surveillance is necessary as the incubation period for measles ranges from 10 to 12 days, before symptoms in exposed persons occur.

The Department of Health and Wellness and other agencies continue to provide support and welfare as needed to the ship. Today, the ship’s doctor requested 100 doses of the measles vaccine and this is currently being provided from our supplies, at no cost.

St. Lucia’s public health response is being coordinated with other local agencies and partners and we remain in discussion with regional and international health agencies such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

We wish to remind persons that there are currently large measles outbreaks in some countries.

Measles is spread through droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons who cough and sneeze. Early symptoms include high fever, runny nose, red eyes, and tiny white spots on the inside of the mouth. A rash may then develop, starting on the face and upper neck and then spreading throughout the body. The disease can be particularly severe in young children who are not immunized.

Infection with nmeasles can be prevented if persons are fully immunized against the disease.

For more information please contact Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James, chief medical officer, at 4685309 or [email protected]

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  1. This is sad to say, but someone said something before any visitors on the Freewind ship got off. But what happens every day with the airlines that fly in the day or two after exposure and show no symptoms of the disease. Well they are here for their two week vacation, exposing everyone on the island near them, and leave. During that time, 10-12 days with no signs, but going home on the 14th day they show signs. This is what happens when you have tourists coming and going. It’s a mater of time before we are exposed. So, GET THE FREE SHOTS AGAINST THE MEASLES! PLEASE!

  2. I see no reason to have qualms about that. Better treat them and get them out of our waters than get an outbreak here. Bravo.

  3. My parents are from slu and I am first generation in USA. Trust when I say I want to leave and come and live in SLU to be around people that can be rational and think things through. This was a great decision. Please make the next decision to force these infected people out and go back where they came from. I know tourism is helpful to the economy, but not at the expense of my original people being sacrificed. Bottom line, don’t let them on the island!!

  4. Great decision, save us a lot of unnecessary suffering

  5. The are loaded with money why give it to them for free. A full ship loaded with crazy weird people. I tip my hat to you St.Lucia and Dr Fredericks for standing your grounds. Guess what we made headline news all over the USA yeaaa we are small but powerful thanks.

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