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Scientology cruise ship quarantined in Caribbean after measles case

Resurgence of the once-eradicated, highly-contagious disease is linked to the growing anti-vaccine movement in richer nations, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified as a major global health threat.

The ship asked for 100 doses of measles vaccine, which Saint Lucia authorities are providing at no cost, with the patient under observation.

The church, founded by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard in 1953, did not respond to requests for comment.

“They would definitely be interrogating that person and they would punish that person because when you’re sick like that, in Scientology, it’s always your own fault.”

The Church of Scientology has various levels its members can attain that become more expensive as they progress.

According to Ortega, the Freewinds was launched by the church in 1988 for the highest level members can reach, known as “OT VIII” or “Operating Thetan Level 8.”

According to the last statement issued by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on April 18, only one Caribbean country, The Bahamas, has had a case of measles in 2019, a four-year-old child who had come from France.


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