Jamaican music sensation Beenie Man is the first celebrity to be diagnosed with the Zika Virus. The dancehall deejay had to cancel his appearance at Drakes OVO Fest in Canada after being denied a visa due to his illness.
Beenie Man posted a photo of him Sunday lying in bed while having blood drawn to his instagram with the following caption in Jamaican Patois.
“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.”
The much loved artist revealed that he contracted not only the Zika Virus but Dengue Fever as well when he was bitten by a mosquito.
“He started feeling ill from Thursday and went to the hospital on Friday where he was diagnosed with Zika and those mosquitoes also gave him Dengue thats what his doctors are saying,” a spokesperson for the artist told reporters.
Beenie man was hospitalized, given medication and released. He is at home recovering and taking his medicine. The OVO Fest in Toronto, Canada ended August 1st and featured performances from Rihanna, Future, Sean Paul and of course, Drake. Ticketmaster released a statement to fans after Beenie Man canceled “Due to immigration issues Beenie Man will no longer be able to perform as part of OVO Fest 2016 on Saturday July 30th at TD Echo Beach in Toronto. In his place we have booked a slew of surprise special guests and of course Machel Montano will still headline as planned, with special guests of his own.” The company assured ticket holders.
Two months ago there were there were 1387 suspected and 16 confirmed Zika virus cases in Jamaica according to Outbreak News Today. Zika is spreading in the United States. In Florida 14 cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed. The CDC issued a travel warning Tuesday for pregnant women to the area where the contaminated people have been found. Most who contract Zika don’t display any symptoms those who do generally suffer from fever, rash, muscle and joint pains and headaches. The symptoms may last 2 to 7 days. The Zika virus is especially dangerous to pregnant women and is suspected to cause birth defects.
Wishing Beenie Man a speedy recovery.