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Quarantine cruise ship for measles In St Lucia Heads to Curacao: NPR

Freewinds, a cruise ship owned by the Scientology Church, is quarantined in Castries, St. Lucia, on Thursday. The ship is now on its way to the island of Curaçao, the place of its home town. Kirk Elliott / AFP / Getty Images hide caption change caption Kirk Elliott / AFP / Getty Images Freewinds, a cruise ship owned by the Church of Scientology, is quarantined in Castries, St. Lucia, on Thursday. The ship is now on its way to the island of Curaçao, the place of its home town. Kirk Elliott / AFP / Getty Images The cruise ship that was placed under quarantine of St. Lucia because of a confirmed case of measles on board is bound to Curacao. It is not clear what will happen when the ship, called Freewinds, arrives there. The Church of Scientology runs the ship and calls Curaçao its home town. Almost 300 passengers and crew are on board, NBC News reports. A tracking map at MarineTraffic.com shows that the ship left the port city of Castries on St Lucia Thursday night and will arrive at Willemstad, Curaçao, on Saturday morning. The health authorities in St Lucia made the decision to quarantine Freewinds after a female crew member was confirmed to have brass. There was concern that others on board could have been infected and that measles could spread to the Caribbean island, which has been free from local transmission of the disease since 1990. St Lucia Health Ministry said on Thursday that it…

Freewinds, a cruise ship owned by the Scientology Church, is quarantined in Castries, St. Lucia, on Thursday. The ship is now on its way to the island of Curaçao, the place of its home town.

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Freewinds, a cruise ship owned by the Church of Scientology, is quarantined in Castries, St. Lucia, on Thursday. The ship is now on its way to the island of Curaçao, the place of its home town.

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The cruise ship that was placed under quarantine of St. Lucia because of a confirmed case of measles on board is bound to Curacao. It is not clear what will happen when the ship, called Freewinds, arrives there.

The Church of Scientology runs the ship and calls Curaçao its home town. Almost 300 passengers and crew are on board, NBC News reports.

A tracking map at MarineTraffic.com shows that the ship left the port city of Castries on St Lucia Thursday night and will arrive at Willemstad, Curaçao, on Saturday morning.

The health authorities in St Lucia made the decision to quarantine Freewinds after a female crew member was confirmed to have brass. There was concern that others on board could have been infected and that measles could spread to the Caribbean island, which has been free from local transmission of the disease since 1990. St Lucia Health Ministry said on Thursday that it had given 100 doses of measles vaccine to humans on ship.

The disease is extremely contagious. An unvaccinated person can simply catch it by being in the same room an infected person was in, for up to two hours after the infected person left.

In its latest update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed more than 700 individual cases of measles in the US so far this year. New York has been an epicenter of the outbreak, where there have been 493 cases this year.

On its website, the Scientology Church explains that for a Scientologist boarding the Freewinds is the “top of a deep spiritual journey.”

As we reported on Thursday, the Church of Scientology says members are dependent on the advice and treatment of doctors, but several high-profile Scientologists have spoken against vaccination.

Curacao vaccination rate is 97% in children born since 2007, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

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