Quarantine over on measles-hit Scientology cruise ship: spokesman

Agence France-Presse

Posted at May 17 2019 08:09 AM

Aerial view of the Freewinds -a Scientology cruise ship- anchored in Willemstad, Curacao, on May 4, 2019, upon arrival from St Lucia, where it had been quarantined because of a measles case. The Dutch territory of Curacao said Saturday it would do what is needed to prevent measles spreading from the cruise ship, after a crew member came down with the disease. Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON - The Church of Scientology said Thursday all the passengers from a cruise ship that was quarantined over a measles case had been cleared to leave. 

"All passengers and crew (100%) of the Freewinds have been fully cleared of any possible risk of being infected by the measles or infecting others," the organization said in a statement.

"All passengers and crew are free to come and go as they wish," a spokesman added to AFP.

The infected individual was a member of the crew who, according to the Church, had fully recovered and was given a clean bill of health a week ago. She had been earlier confined on the ship.

The ship, which is based in Willemstad on the island of Curacao in the Dutch West Indies, was quarantined after its arrival in Saint Lucia on April 30.

It remained there for two days before returning to Willemstad on May 4 where local authorities ordered a fresh quarantine to give them time to confirm the passengers were either immunized or had no risk of contracting the virus.