Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Saint Lucia Provides Measles Vaccines To Quarantined Cruise Ship

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Saint Lucia has provided measles vaccines to a cruise ship that has been quarantined here this week, due to a confirmed case of measles.

Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Merlene Fredericks-James made the disclosure Thursday.

She explained that the Department of Health and Wellness and other agencies continue to provide support and welfare as needed to the ship.

“Today, the ship’s doctor requested 100 doses of the Measles vaccine and this is currently being provided from our supplies, at no cost,” according to the senior health official.

Fredericks-James said that the Department of  Health and Wellness continues to address the matter involving the confirmed case of Measles on the ship, which entered Saint Lucia ports on Tuesday April 30, 2019.

The ship has been identified as the Freewinds.

She said given the highly infectious nature of Measles, along with the possibility that other persons on board the vessel may have been in contact with and are now possibly infectious due to the disease, a decision was made not to allow persons to disembark.

“This decision to quarantine the ship is in keeping with the health laws of Saint Lucia,” Fredericks-James explained.

She noted that an 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.

“Continued surveillance is necessary as the incubation period for Measles ranges from 10 to 12 days, before symptoms in exposed persons occur,” Fredericks-James stated.

According to the Chief Medical Officer, Saint Lucia’s public health response is being coordinated with other local agencies and partners.

She said that Saint Lucian authorities remain in discussion with regional and international health agencies such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

“We wish to remind persons that there are currently large Measles outbreaks in some countries. Measles is spread through droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons who cough and sneeze,” the Chief Medical Officer stated.

“Early symptoms include high fever, runny nose, red eyes, and tiny white spots on the inside of the mouth. A rash may then develop, starting on the face and upper neck and then spreading throughout the body. The disease can be particularly severe in young children who are not immunized.”

Fredericks-James said that Infection with Measles can be prevented if persons are fully immunized against the disease.  


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  1. Why would they supply vaccines at no cost?
    The passengers of the Freewinds are usually the wealthiest scientologists. The services delivered cost tens of thousands of dollars.
    Also the organization supposedly has over 4 billion dollars in assets.

    • Exactly! but Saint Lucians will have to get it at a cost though. After the people did not even come off the ship to spend a dime here for our benefit, we giving out free vaccines…Imagine that.

  2. Thank you St. Lucia Times for some of the most detailed coverage of this and keeping us all informed. And thank you St. Lucia gov’t for providing the vaccines at no cost and ensuring the public was notified, despite scientology refusing to release any info to protect those at-risk.

  3. How many any passengers de-barked while the ship was in port pre-quarantine?

    Now many St. Lucians were possibly exposed while the passengers were in port?

    What is the are the health authorities doing to assess, treat, and mitigate the possible viral outbreak in St. Lucia due to potential exposure from exposed passengers while on shore?

    Think about it — why is no one asking these questions, ask yourselves…

    God Bless.

  4. Gasa move that boat there!!!! Next ting we get a measles outbreak here. One cough or sneeze is all it takes smh!

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