A cruise ship with 300 passengers and crew has been quarantined after a measles outbreak onboard.
The government of St. Lucia ordered everyone on the ship in the Caribbean to stay aboard the ship while they investigate.
Via ABC News:
Dr. Merlene Fredericks James said in a YouTube video on Tuesday that the cruise ship was being quarantined because of fears that others on the ship may be infected.
James said that her department had learned early Tuesday morning from “two reputable sources” that there had been a case of measles on board a cruise ship that had visited St. Lucia.
“As per the Quarantine Act, our authority under the Quarantine Act, the Public Health Act, and after internal discussions as well as discussions with external health agencies such as the Pan-American Health Organization, we thought it prudent that we quarantine the ship…The crew and passengers aboard were not allowed to leave,” she said.
“Measles, we know, is a highly infectious disease…So 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 the time, we thought it prudent to make a decision not to allow anyone to disembark,” she said. “The Ministry of Health continues to work with all authorities.”
Watch Dr. Merlene Fredericks James’ video below.
Sending up prayers for everyone on the ship.