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St Lucia health officials report a confirmed measles case onboard a cruise ship that entered the ports on Tuesday.

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At that time, a decision was made to quarantine the ship after determining one female crew member had contracted measles. 300 passengers and crew were ordered not to leave the ship.

Media accounts say the vessel has been identified as Freewinds, which is owned by the Church of Scientology.

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 St. Lucia supplies, at no cost.

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