Quarantined cruise ship leaves St. Lucia after measles outbreak

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(CNN) – A cruise ship that was quarantined in Saint Lucia for a confirmed case of the measles has left the island country.

St. Lucia’s chief medical officer says lab tests confirm the case. She also says a female crew member has the illness and has likely exposed others. 

There are approximately 300 passengers and crew on the ship. 

The ship’s doctor has requested 100 doses of the measles vaccine.

The boat — Freewinds — is reportedly owned by the Church of Scientology, however, the Church of Scientology didn’t respond to CNN’s request for comment. 

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes or if someone comes into direct contact or shares germs. Symptoms may include fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes and a rash of red spots.

Measles cases in the U.S. surpassed the highest number on record since the disease was declared eradicated in 2000. 

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