St. Lucia Quarantines Cruise Ship Over Measles Case


Measles arrived in the Caribbean on a cruise ship yesterday!

And, St Lucia’s Health Minister, Mary Isaac is refusing to name the Caribbean island that the cruise ship quarantined in St Lucia travelled from with a case of measles on board.

She’s also tight-lipped as to which Caribbean Island the ship is to travel to next.

The vessel reportedly originated from the Dutch Island of Curacao.

Meanwhile, Health Minister in the Bahamas, Dr. Duane Sands, has revealed that they’ve had two imported cases of measles in that country.

Neika Lewis reports.

Health officials in St Lucia quarantined a cruise ship after a female passenger onboard was confirmed to have the infectious viral disease, measles.

But, Health Minister Mary Isaac’s refusing to say which country the ship traveled from with the case and which island it’s destined for next.

Nearly 3-hundred passengers and crew members were not allowed to disembark the isolated vessel.

Ms Isaac says currently there are no confirmed cases of measles in St Lucia.

Meanwhile, Health Minister in the Bahamas, Dr. Duane Sands, says there’ve been two imported cases of measles in that country.

Reports out the Bahamas say the two cases of measles were confirmed in February this year.

He says they’re in the process of increasing herd immunity in the Bahamas.

Dr Sands says they’re also ramping up screening at all major points of entry into the country.

Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.

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