By Claudia Koerner
The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia quarantined a cruise ship to prevent the spread of measles, a public health official said Tuesday.
The country’s chief medical officer, Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James, said in a video message that Saint Lucia authorities learned early Tuesday of a case of measles on the ship. After discussions with other regional health authorities, Fredericks-James said Saint Lucia ordered passengers and crew members to remain on the docked ship because of the highly contagious nature of the disease.
“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 this time, we made the decision to not allow anyone to disembark,” Fredericks-James said.
She did not name the ship, but a Saint Lucia Coast Guard official identified it to MSNBC as the Freewinds. As of Wednesday, according to MarineTraffic.com, it remained docked in Castries, the country’s capital.
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