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Curacao promises to prevent measles spreading from the Scientology ship



The Curacao government says it will take all the necessary precautions to deal with the measles case on board the Freewinds, including vaccinations

Published 8:41 AM, May 05, 2019

Updated 8:41 AM, May 05, 2019

A view of the air of the Freewinds, a Scientology cruise ship anchored at Willemstad, Curacao, on May 4, 2019, after arriving at St Lucia, where it was quarantined because of the measles outbreak. Photo by Raino Mauricia / AFP

A view of the air of the Freewinds, a Scientology cruise ship anchored at Willemstad, Curacao, on May 4, 2019, after arriving at St Lucia, where it was quarantined because of the measles outbreak. Photo by Raino Mauricia / AFP

The HAGUE, The Netherlands – said the Dutch territory in Curacao on Saturday, 4 May that it would do what is needed to prevent the spread of measles from a Scientology cruise ship, after a member of the t crew come down with the disease.

The Freewinds, who left the island in the Caribbean, St Lucia on Friday, arrived back at his home home of Curacao around 9:00 am on Saturday, according to myshiptracking.com.

Curacao's government said in a statement that it would "take all the necessary precautions to deal with the measles case on board the Freewinds," including vaccinations.

"An investigation will also be made to determine who will be allowed to leave the ship without (posing) a threat to the population of Curacao," he said.

"It is essential to make every effort to prevent the spread of this disease internationally."

The broadcaster of the Netherlands, NOS, said that 3 health officers had gone on board to explore the ones on the board. Only people who can prove they had been vaccinated against measles or who had already had the disease could leave the boat, his correspondent reported there.

Move anti-vaccine

The Science Church says the 134-meter boat is used for religious retreats and is usually located in Curacao.

The ship arrived at St Lucia of Curacao on Tuesday, when it was placed under quarantine by health authorities there because of a measles patient, who said he was a member of the female crew.

According to NOS, a member of the crew in question is a Danish citizen, who arrived in Curacao from Amsterdam on April 17. Only when the boat was at sea, on the way to St Lucia, was a doctor discovering it. have had measles,.

The once-eradicated infectious disease revival is associated with the anti-vaccine movement in richer nations, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified as a major global health threat.

However, the authorities in Curacao encouraged local people to stay calm, as the risk of spreading the disease in this case was relatively low.

However, a number of people visited the cruise ship between April 22 and April 28 before sailing to St Lucia and the authorities asked them to make themselves known to health officials.

Officials said the Freewinds had traveled between Curacao, St. Lucia and another island in the Netherlands, Aruba, several times towards the end of April.

There were about 300 people on the ship, according to the authorities of Saint Lucia, who quarantined the ship. They said they provided 100 doses of measles vaccine at no cost.

The Scientology church, founded by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard in 1953, did not respond to requests for comments.

His teachings do not directly oppose vaccination, but followers regard illness as a sign of personal failure and generally avoid medical interventions. – Rappler.com


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