A cruise ship with nearly 300 passengers and crew was ordered quarantined in the Caribbean port of St Lucia after a case of measles was confirmed on board, island health officials said Wednesday.
One female crew member has a confirmed case and St Lucian authorities said they’ve been working in close consultation with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
The ship has been under quarantine since Monday morning, officials said.
“Measles is a highly contagious disease. Anyone who is not adequately immunised against measles can contract the disease if there has been close contact with a confirmed case,” according to a statement issued Wednesday by Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James, the island nation’s chief medical officer.
“It is therefore likely that other persons on the boat may have been exposed.”
St Lucian officials declined to name the ship involved.
“The ship’s doctor has the confirmed case in isolation on the ship,” Fredericks-James said.
“The individual is in stable condition.”
The Pan American Health Organization said it’s aware of the measles case on this cruise ship, but declined to comment or reveal any additional details.
The once-vanquished disease has made a surprising comeback in recent months, with more than 700 cases reported in the United States this year, officials said.
It’s the highest number of reported cases in the U.S. in a year since 1994.
The had been declared eliminated in 2000.