Health inspectors board the cruise ship Scientology to investigate the measles case

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Health inspectors from the Caribbean island of Curaçao boarded a Scientology cruise ship on Saturday to investigate a reported measles case, a source familiar with the situation told ABC News.

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Freewinds, who belongs to the Church of Scientology, was quarantined in St. Lucia earlier this week after it was discovered that someone on the ship had measles. Its port of origin of Willemstad has arrived on the Dutch island around 6:00 am local time on Saturday, according to the authority of the ports of Curaçao.

"The health inspectors are on board and all interview according to international rules: everyone must [have] the proof that they have been vaccinated, this, of course, is a challenge on a cruise ship, but because [the] Curaçao team was in contact with [the] ship from the beginning of this week pax [passengers] and crew have already had time to prepare to locate those documents by family, etc. ", the source said.

"It seems, for now, that there has only been one case since the beginning and has not spread due to the ship's good precautions," the source said.

PHOTO: The Freewinds cruise ship is moored in the port of Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, on Thursday 2 May 2019. Bradley Lacan / AP, FILE
The Freewinds cruise ship is moored in the port of Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, on Thursday 2 May 2019.

Tuesday, Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James, the chief medical officer of St. Lucia, announced that a cruise ship that was docked on the island was in quarantine, while health officials investigated a possible case of measles on board. On Wednesday, the police of Saint Lucia confirmed that the ship in question was the Freewinds and that it belonged to the Church of Scientology.

PHOTO: A 440-foot ship owned and operated by the Church of Scientology, SMV Freewinds, is docked under quarantine by a measles epidemic in a port near Castries, St. Lucia, on 2 May 2019.Micah George / Reuters
A 440-foot ship, owned and operated by the Church of Scientology, SMV Freewinds, is docked under quarantine by a measles epidemic in a port near Castries, St. Lucia, on May 2, 2019.

There are about 300 crew members and passengers on board, Albert Elens, managing director of Maduro Shipping, the Freewinds agent in Curaçao, told ABC News early this week.

Ben Gittleson of ABC News contributed to this report.

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