SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Authorities in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia have quarantined a cruise ship after discovering a confirmed case of measles aboard. "Because of the risk of potential infection, not just from the confirmed measles case but from other persons who may be on the boat at the time, we thought it prudent to make a decision not to allow anyone to disembark".
"It is therefore likely that other persons on the boat may have been exposed".
St. Lucia Coast Guard Sgt. Victor Theodore confirmed to the network that the vessel - named "Freewinds" - was the same as the one listed on the Church of Scientology's website. Common symptoms include fever, rash, runny nose and red eyes, though the disease can cause serious health complications, especially in children younger than 5 years old.
St. Lucia authorities did not immediately provide an update on the person aboard who contracted measles.
She also cited the current situation in the USA, where cases of the disease are at a 25-year high, as another factor. "The individual is in stable condition".
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St. Lucian authorities can not keep the ship from leaving or determine its next destination, Fredericks-James told NBC News.
The ship-tracking website MarineTraffic.com shows a ship called SMV Freewinds docked in Castries, the country's capital.
The Church of Scientology did not return a request for comment late Wednesday.
Measles cases in the United States have surpassed the highest number on record since the disease was declared eliminated nationwide in 2000.
The worldwide vessel-monitoring website MarineTraffic.com also showed that a Panamanian-flagged passenger ship identified as SMV Freewinds docked in port near the Saint Lucia capital of Castries.
The quarantine comes amid a surge of cases, largely among unvaccinated people in New York City, suburban Rockland County, New York, and Washington state.