“No visa fi mi Canada show,” the Jamaican dancehall reggae singer, Beenie Man, wrote on his Instagram account Saturday after he found out he was denied a visa to perform at Drake’s OVO fest due to his diagnosis of the zika virus.
“I apologize again to my fans in case you haven’t seen the press release. The same Zika mosquito gi mi dengue. Blood test, injections, pills…” Beenie Man wrote. If catching Zika wasn’t bad enough, Beenie said, “The same Zika mosquito gi me [dengue fever.]”
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease occurring in tropical and subtropical areas. Symptoms include high fever, rash, and muscle and joint pain. In severe cases there is serious bleeding and shock, which can be life threatening. The most common treatments are pain relievers and fluids.
The Instagram post featured a photo of the Grammy award-winning singer lying in a bed undergoing blood tests.
Beenie, 42, born Anthony Moses Davis, was in Bermuda performing at the Cup Match Summer Splash festival when he got the diagnosis.
“The Minister of Health and Seniors, on behalf of Bermuda, wishes him a speedy recovery,” read the Bermuda’s Ministry of Tourism’s official statement. “This unfortunate situation offers an opportunity to remind the public about how to reduce the risk of contracting zika virus.”
Zika is often a mild illness, with 80 per cent of those infected having no symptoms at all. Transmission is either through being bitten by a mosquito that has previously bitten someone carrying the virus, or through intimate sexual contact. Zika virus can cause serious health problems in some babies whose mothers contract the virus while pregnant.
“The ministry would like to remind all travelers that if they become ill, they should see a physician and outline their recent travel itinerary. If traveling from an area with any mosquito-borne illnesses like zika, dengue, or chikungunya, travelers are asked to consistently apply mosquito repellent for 2 weeks after returning home to reduce the chance of any onward transmission.”
“In addition, precautions should be taken to prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus to one’s partner via body fluids for at least 8 weeks following possible exposure. These precautions should be taken even if one does not have symptoms of illness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 234 pregnant women in the U.S. tested positive for Zika in 2016. The largely mosquito-borne virus can be contracted through…