A case of the measles was confirmed aboard a Church of Scientology-owned ship in Curacao, leaving 28 folks quarantined. Well being officers in Curacao, an island nation within the Dutch Caribbean, introduced Saturday that the group of 17 crew members and 11 passengers should keep aboard till Monday as a result of they’re nonetheless prone to contracting measles after a feminine crew member contracted the illness.
Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth, an epidemiologist with the Public Well being of Curacao, informed reporters that the remainder of the 318 individuals who have been, incomplete, on the ship, are free to go away, as “they don’t seem to be a risk to anybody anymore, they usually can’t turn out to be sick anymore.”The Church of Scientology mentioned in a press release that Curacao authorities acknowledged the Freewinds — a 440-foot ship primarily based within the Caribbean — for its strict isolation protocol, which successfully contained the sickness to a single case and prevented it from spreading to others.
The ship, which the church states on its web site are the residence of “a nonsecular retreat ministering the most superior degree of religious counseling essentially,” was beforehand quarantined in St. Lucia, and arrived in its residence port of Curacao every week in the past. Authorities at the moment took 277 blood samples from those that didn’t have proof of vaccination and despatched them to the Netherlands.
The crew member who contracted the measles had beforehand been in Europe and arrived in Curacao on April 17 with chilly signs. She was examined for measles however had already left for St. Lucia by the point the outcomes got here again. Greater than 700 folks in 22 U.S. states have gotten measles this yr, with federal officers saying the resurgence is pushed by misinformation about vaccines. Signs embody runny nostril, fever, and a purple-noticed rash. Most individuals recuperate, however, measles can result in pneumonia, mind swelling and even loss of life in some circumstances.