A cruise ship with about 300 people on board was quarantined in the port of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Reason for this is a crew member, in which the infectious disease measles was detected, local authorities said, according to US media. The ship has been quarantined since Monday. This should prevent another outbreak on the island.
Because measles is a highly contagious disease, doctors and health officials believe that more people have been infected on board. Especially people who have not been vaccinated against measles are at an increased risk. According to a director of the health ministry of St. Lucia, the person is already isolated on the ship and in good condition.
Leah Remini on the Scientolgy cruise ship belongs to the sect of Scientology
According to NBC News, the ship is the "freewinds" owned and operated by the sect Scientology. The newspaper "St. Lucia Times" published a photograph of the ship, which is due to leave the island during the night of Friday, authorities said. There was no statement from Scientology so far. According to the homepage of Scientology Germany, the ship is "a place of spiritual regeneration and strengthening, offering the most advanced levels of spiritual counseling in the Scientology religion" and the "culmination of a profoundly spiritual journey". There also so-called auditing are carried out.
Measles infections, which are considered eradicated in many places because of years of vaccination, have recently become more prevalent in industrialized countries, especially in the US. This year alone, more than 700 cases were reported. This is the highest number of cases since 1994. According to CNN, measles was declared eradicated in the US in 2000.
However, measles are widespread worldwide and are particularly prevalent in Asia and Africa. They are transmitted via droplet infection, for example via coughing, sneezing or speaking. If left untreated, measles can cause complications that can be fatal.
Swell: The St. Lucia Times, NBC, CNN, Robert Koch Institute, Scientology Germany
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