A cruise ship seen in Castries Port, St Lucia - AFP
A cruise ship seen in Castries Port, St Lucia – AFP

A cruise ship reportedly run by the Church of Scientology has been detained in St Lucia after the invention of a case of measles on board.

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Dr Merlene Frederick-James, the island’s chief medical officer, stated in a video assertion posted to YouTube on Tuesday that the St. Lucia Ministry of Well being ordered the restriction after conferring with the Pan American Well being Group and others in regards to the threat of publicity to islanders.

The ministry realized of the confirmed measles case from “two respected sources,” and in gentle of present measles outbreaks in america and the extremely infectious nature of the illness “we thought it prudent that we quarantine the ship,” Ms Frederick-James stated.

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She gave no details about the ship or its origins.

NBC Information, citing a St Lucia Coast Guard sergeant, reported the boat in query is called Freewinds, which is the title of a 440-foot vessel owned and operated by the Church of Scientology.

The worldwide vessel-monitoring web site MarineTraffic.com additionally confirmed {that a} Panamanian-flagged passenger ship recognized as SMV Freewinds docked in port close to the St. Lucia capital of Castries. The web site indicated the ship was headed subsequent to the island of Dominica.

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The Church of Scientology web site describes the Tradewinds as a floating “spiritual retreat ministering essentially the most superior stage of religious counseling within the Scientology faith.” It says it is residence port is Curacao.

Church officers didn’t instantly reply to efforts by Reuters looking for touch upon the state of affairs.

NBC Information reported that just about 300 passengers and crew had been aboard the vessel, with one feminine crew member identified with measles.

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The cruise ship quarantine comes because the variety of measles instances in america has reached a 25-year peak with greater than 700 folks identified as of this week, a part of a world resurgence within the illness.

Public well being officers blame declining vaccination charges in some communities pushed by misinformation about inoculation that has left these populations susceptible to fast unfold of an infection amongst these with no immunity to the virus.


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