Reggae artist Beenie Man missed his performance at OVO Fest over the weekend due to contracting the Zika virus. The Grammy award winning artist took to Instagram posting a picture of him receiving medical treatment. As a result of his illness, he was denied a Canadian Visa.
Jah know…dah week ya deal wid me a way!! ⚠ No visa fi mi Canada show (I apologize again to my fans in case you haven't seen the press release) ⚠ Zika Virus hol' mi ⚠ The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. 😠 Blood test, injections, pills. Wi a hol firm still. Selassie a guide I n I right through so once mi have life me a give thanks. #Unstoppable
Over the weekend, the World Health Organization confirmed there are ten cases of Zika virus in the United States. The virus can be spread via a mosquito bite or sexually by having sex with someone who traveled to an area where the virus is spreading. There has only been one Zika related death in the US. The common symptoms are fever, rash, muscle and joint pains as well as headaches, normally lasting up to a week. For more on the Zika virus, see here.
We will keep Beenie Man in our prayers… and fellas, be careful out there.
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