Church of Scientology cruise ship quarantined over possible measles case

A cruise ship

The Freewinds, according to the Scientology website, is a 440-foot ship based in the Caribbean with a home port of Curaçao, a Dutch island.

The World Health Organization also says that measles is on the rise globally, and that 2019 has seen a 300% rise in the number of reported cases compared to this time in 2018. Fredericks-James said that health officials learned through two reputable sources that one person on board the ship may be infected with measles, and that they could easily spread the disease to others through sneezing and coughing.

"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", a quarantine was deemed the best course of action, she said.

Our epidemiological investigation aboard the ship has verified that the confirmed case, as well as other crew and passengers are stable, and remain under surveillance by the ship's doctor. Often, the outbreak starts with someone from that community who brings the disease back from an under-vaccinated location outside the United States, spreading it to unvaccinated individuals here.

A Freewinds cruise ship, owned and operated by the Church of Scientology, was reportedly the vessel quarantined in St. Lucia because of a confirmed case of Measles onboard. She told The Associated Press on Thursday that the ship is still in port, and no one has been allowed to leave.

According to a schedule on the St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority website, the ship arrived on Tuesday and was going to leave the port on Thursday before the quarantine was put in place, CNN reported.

The Church of Scientology has so far not publicly commented on the case. Most people recover, but measles can lead to pneumonia, brain swelling and even death in some cases.

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The Church of Scientology has not officially published a stance on vaccines, and does not prevent followers from following doctors advice or taking medicine.

Scientology does not have an official position on vaccines, Rev. John Carmichael, the president of the Church of Scientology in NY, said in an interview with Beliefnet.

"To a Scientologist, boarding the Freewinds for New OT VIII is the pinnacle of a deeply spiritual journey".

"When we see large measles outbreaks in countries that are common destinations for USA travelers, like we're seeing this year", James Goodson, a senior measles scientist at the CDC, told NPR.

Vaccinate yourself and your children, you jokers.

The U.S.is battling its biggest measles outbreak since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000.

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